But God- Love Him More?


But God Image_Color_CrossAs we continue to respond to questions, today I want to speak to a commonly asked and often prayed question, and in the process, tell on myself. The question, often formed as a prayer, is how can I love God more? That is what it's all about, right? Like, the most important thing, at least according to Jesus. Remember His response when asked the greatest commandment? It was 'to love God with all your heart,mind and strength.' (Matthew 22: 37) That pretty well sums it up, doesn't it? Not so fast. Again, let's look at the context of His statement. He was living during the Old Covenant- the Law- and did a lot of teaching increasing the demands of the Law. He continually brought it to what seems to be the heart level. They had already made it impossible to keep and Jesus made it even more difficult. The purpose of the Law is to show us we need Jesus, that we can't measure up by our own efforts. (Romans 5:20)

I don't know about you, but usually when I am trying to love God more, I'm measuring my love by one of two thing so- my behavior and/or my feelings. That's a recipe for disaster. Therefore, let's measure our love by what He says. He says in 1 John 4:19, that we love because He first loved us. Ephesians 3:17 tells us we are 'rooted and grounded in His love.' 2 Corinthians 5:14, says 'we are controlled by His love.' Let me ask you all a question. Who are the most loveable people in your life? I would suggest they are probably those who are the most loving. I believe what Scripture is teaching is that our job is to begin scratching the surface of receiving His love for us. Our response will be to love Him. This is so easy to forget! Here's where I tell on myself. Thirty years ago, one Saturday night I was putting the finishing touches on a sermon for the next morning. My 5 year old daughter walked up and asked what I was doing, and I told her. She then asked what I was preaching about- nosy little girl, wasn't she?- I told her that I was preaching on loving God, and that that's the most important thing, right? After a moment, with hands on hips, she said, "hum, I thought the most important thing is that we know He loves us." I told her her mother was calling her. You see, I had taught her the truth, but as I often do, had forgotten it and slipped right back into the Law. I made a few 'minor' adjustments to my sermon. I thank Him daily that I am rooted and grounded in His love, and yet I still forget it often.

The next time you think about trying to love Him more, thank Him you are the beloved and rest in that, and thank Him He has already made you a new creature with a new heart and that you do, in truth, love Him.



“If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“
Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.
You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.
What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!
I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!
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