We are living at a time when it’s not possible to have relationships that are genuine and authentic. It’s not easy to know whether your friends love and appreciate you for whom you are or for what you give or do to them. It is difficult to love someone for who they are and there is always a question of what is in it for me. It takes a miracle to get someone who will appreciate you for the person you are without some strings attached. Many people fall in love not with us but with our positions, beauty, money, influence etc, all of which are superficial and once these things end, the friendships die. Unfortunately for many of us, we have stretched these human relations into our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Gods relationship with us is not a scratch my back I scratch yours kind of thing. The Scriptures gives the story of Abraham after he received the blessing of a son from God. God demanded of Abraham as a sign of love for him that he places what he considered his most important gift on the altar and sacrifice him. Nothing else was to matter to Abraham or be important to him than God. God was not be some means to an end but rather the ultimate end himself. God had promised to bless Abraham in every way but had also made it clear that He was to remain Abraham’s chief reward. All the blessings that Abraham was to receive were not be substituted with God. This means there is nothing we must desire in life more than we desire God. Everything that competes with God for our love and affection must be placed on the altar and no blessing should ever compete with the Blessor. Do you love God genuinely or because of what He does for you? Do you love God because of the anticipated blessings from him? Would you still love God if you never received anything from him? Only when we reach a point where we love God for whom He is and not what He has or does for us will we know what it means to fully surrender. Until we place our Isaac on God’s altar, our love to God will always be superficial.
““Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37 NIV
Last modified: July 24, 2020