“What Comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer
Does God exist to enjoy you? OR Do you exist to enjoy God?
Does God exist to worship you? OR Do you exist to worship God?
Does God exist to make you satisfied? Or Do you exist to find satisfaction in God alone?
Does God exist to make your eternity desirable? OR Do you exist to delight in God for all eternity?
Is the Bible a book about you? OR Is the Bible a book God has given us so we can learn about him and his eternal plan of redemption for his glory?
Is corporate worship with the church about satisfying your feelings and preference? OR Is corporate worship with the church about exalting and magnifying God?
I see a trend in our world that most people would answer the first questions on the left with a yes. God is seen as irrelevant. God somewhere someway has some kind of measurement to most and therefore is not interesting. He is wrongly seen by some as some kind of grandfather figure. He is wrongly seen as some kind of anything goes kind of god. He is seen to have some kind of limits. But God can not be measured. We however are measurable. God does not have limits. We have too many limitations to count.
The gospel starts with God. God is all sufficient in all things. He was not made for us nor does he need us. But God in his endless glorious grace invites us in through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. John Piper states this beautifully in The Pleasures of God in a very clear way:
“Unless we begin with God in this way, when the gospel comes to us, we will inevitably put ourselves at the center or it. We will feel that our value rather than God’s value is the driving force in the gospel. We will trace the gospel back to God’s need for us instead of tracing it back to the sovereign grace that rescues sinners who need God.
But the gospel is the good news that God is the all-satisfying end of all our longings, and that even though he does not need us, and is in fact estranged from us because of our God-belittling sins, he has, in the great love with which he loved us, made a way for sinners to drink at the river of his delights through Jesus Christ. And we will not be enthralled by this good news unless we feel that he was not obliged to do this . He was not coerced or constrained by our value. He is the center of the gospel. The exaltation of his glory is the driving force of the gospel. The gospel is a gospel of grace! And grace is the pleasure of God to magnify the worth of God by giving sinners the right and power to delight in God without obscuring the glory of God.”
We have future endless waters of living grace poured out and offered to us in the blood of Jesus to receive in faith. For we were made to know Christ, serve Christ, delight in Christ, fellowship with Christ and worship Christ for all eternity with a people he has purchased from every tribe, nation, and tongue. Because of God’s great endless love lavished on us in Jesus Christ our Lord can we can by faith become adopted sons of God.
Hallelujah! Christ died for our sins, was buried and raised on the third day. “For the wages of sin is death but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”(Romans 6:23) Have you opened and received the gift?
I’m just mind blown by God’s endless grace,
Scripture references that come to mind: Revelation 5:9, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 21, Colossians chapter 1
Recommended reading: The Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer, The Pleasures of God by John Piper