Posted on January 31, 2019
by Brian Smith
“…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Valentine’s Day – a day designated as THE day to let others know how much we love them. We buy candy; we buy flowers; we buy jewelry and other gifts; we go out to eat. We make grand declarations of our love for those special people in our life. But, I wonder…
Does my wife want flowers? Does my wife want candy? Does my wife want to go out for a nice dinner? Maybe. But, do you know what she really wants? She wants me to help with the dishes after dinner. She wants me to hug her before I leave and tell her how special she is and how much I love her. She wants me to hold her hand while we walk through a store. She’s not looking for huge declarations; she wants to see my love in how I love her every day. She’s not looking for assorted gifts, but a lifetime of devotion and love.
I imagine God wants the same thing. He’s not looking for me to sing songs to Him on Sunday and then ignore Him the rest of the week. He’s not looking for me to lift up a prayer when I need something, but to spend time each day talking with Him. He’s not looking for me to hear a sermon or read His Word and then ignore what I’ve learned the rest of the week. He’s looking for a lifetime of devotion and love.
What are you giving God? Are you making a few concessions, a few gestures to show your love, or are you living for Him? God wants and demands a life of devotion. Why? Because He made the ultimate declaration of love – His Son died for you and for me. He carried our sin to the cross and gave His life for ours. As He was mocked, as He was spit on and laughed at, as He was beaten, as He was crucified, and as He died, He said one thing to the world, “I love you.”
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” I John 4:1