Good Morning Church!
When you think about your relationship with God, does it have more to do with rules, regulations, rituals, and routines than about God’s love? If we miss the depth of God’s love for us, then we get sucked into a dead religion which is not a place God wants us to be. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians was a profound prayer that the knowledge of God’s love would sink into our hearts. This is what he prayed, “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3)
Now, I have met people who have told me that they think their problem in life is that they don’t love God enough. As a result of this they are stuck in a spiritual limbo. The real problem may not be that they don’t love God enough, but they have not really ‘grasped’ how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. Their problem is they have not understood how much God loves them because love is always a response to love. The bible says in 1 John 4:19, “We love because he (God) first loved us”. When you look at a mirror and see your image remember God loved you even before he created the Earth, yes, long before he laid down the foundations, he had us in mind (Ephesians 1:4).
So, in other words as a believer you are created by God to be loved. And, God is love. If the Holy Spirit quickens our heart to allow this truth to be submerged into our lives, we will find the beauty and magnificence of God’s love for us. At this place our relationship with God will have everything to do with our response to God’s love for us. Loving God and enjoying him is the number one purpose of our life. Your service, obedience and trust are an outflow of this love.