To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions


Posted on Oct 8, 2019 by Ron Lewis


One of the most life-giving, transformational truths of the gospel is that of everything we have to offer God, of everything in this life we have to give, He most desires our love. To love God is all-encompassing. Colossians 3:14 says, “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” To love God is to pursue a life of wholehearted devotion to a King who is wholeheartedly devoted to us. To love God is to place ourselves in this never-ending, blessed cycle of giving and receiving limitless love.

The simple truth that God simply wants our love frees us from frivolous pursuits. It frees us from systems and practices that are rooted in “should” rather than true desire. God will take us however He can get us. He’ll take us if all we have to give is a belief that we should serve Him or be with Him. But He never desires to keep us in that place. He longs to love each of us to such a level that we would live and serve Him out of a place of full devotion as the natural response to his overwhelming affections for us.

1 John 4:16 says, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” Allow 1 John 4:16 to create an image in your mind for a second. Picture what it would be like to truly abide in God and have Him abide in you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a vision of what that would be like. What would everyday life look like if you were to truly abide in God and have Him abiding in you?

So great is God’s love for us that He makes Himself available for us to abide in Him. So great are His affections for us that we could have Him abiding in us. If we will pursue love above all else, we will discover a wellspring of simplicity and life rooted in wholehearted devotion to the God of love.

Cast off all other pursuits today in light of God’s call to love. Cast off the striving and tireless work of doing life rooted in the “should” and let God love you to a place of love-based obedience. Find rest today in the truth that God is simply after your heart. Open up to Him and receive His vast affections. 1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done in love.” May you abide in the heart of your heavenly Father and allow Him to come in and meet with you that all you do today might be done in love.

Taken from First 15 Devotional

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