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For God’s sake only

Very often when I think about my choice to be a christian, I think about all the good benefits. The companionship with God, the ever present help in time of trouble, the safe haven, the assurance that my life is in His hands. You know, I think of His amazing provision, His love, His care. Everything.

I recently came across something that made me rethink my reasons for being with God. That just sounded like God and I are in a romantic relationship, right? Lol. It’s that and everything else. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

I think about it as having a friend. Am I with this friend because they have money to spend on me? Because they give me attention, because they buy me gifts and provide for all my material and financial needs? Or am I friends with them because I genuinely love them and love to spend time with them?

I started to think about this a lot inΒ my relationship with God. Do I love God because of everything He gives to me? Because of everything He means to me? Because I need a constant, reliable friend? Or do I love God simply because He is? Simply because He exists and I have come to know His love?

I love God because He first loved me, and because He showed me His love, in that while I was yet in sin, he sent His only son to die for me.

He gave. He gave His son for me. If I were the only sinner in the world, Jesus still would have died for me. Because God loves me that much.

I’ve been learning through my friendships and relationships that love gives. Love is not about what we receive from the other person, it is about what we give to them. So in my relationship with God, I am resolving to give Him more. More time, more energy, more attention. Because our relationship can only be strengthened when I decide to give to Him, and never count the cost. I can only get as close to God as I decide.

Jesus tells us that as many as would come to Him, He will in no wise cast out. He continues to reveal Himself to me once as I continue to long for Him. And make no mistakes, God is so fascinating and so enchanting that you could spend every single hour of your life communing with Him, and still have a long, long way to go!

So here’s to being with God simply because of who He is. Here is to searching for God, for just Him. As much as there are several promises for those who long for Him, I’m not after those anymore, I want Him. Him and Him alone.

It’s a difficult choice to make. Really and truly, we have been conditioned to come to Jesus because of everything that a life with Him holds for us- health, long life, security, provision. All of that is fantastic. But it’s not enough. We really must want God for Him, and Him alone. We really must want God whether or not He decides to give all those other beautiful things to us.

We really must love Him for Him.


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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  1. Egor F. Egbe says

    Whenever I reminiscent over Gen 22:16-18; John 3:16 and Galatians 2:20, I ‘mello down’! Dying for another person? A rarity!
    But there was this extraordinarilly caurageous and loving Nigerian that, seeing a helpless woman and her infant little child in an inferno somewhere in Benue State sometime ago, dived in to save the innocent child. He saved the child. But guess what happened to the parent? She died of 3rd degree burns. He survived. Badly affected by the tongs and flames that would not go out easily. I remember, I think, he earned an award, but, eh, later died or so.

    “And God so loved…the world…’ including me? In my state? With all my whims and caprices? My daily shortcomings? And He died so crinminally? So detastefully? Bleeding?

    Whenever I recall the lack-lustre pushbacks and terrible feedbacks that, these days, come to givers and donors to even known family members, close friends, how-are- you-friends, companions, mates, associates, societies, groups, co-tenants, inlaws, countrymen and countrywomen, it baffles me.
    When even those in some levels of representation are given and take so much on behalf of us all, only to stash and stack away either all or that much, leaving us with peanuts or groundnuts, I wonder how it was that He was given to atone for my inadequacies.

    What will I ever do that would be enough in my mortal mind and sight for His sake? I still forage for an iota of idea. That is why I so love Hymm 124 in the Hymm Book (Whatsoever you do…for the sake…that you do unto Me…).

    Let us be energized to always do for His Sake.

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  2. Amarachukwu says

    So true Alheri! Whenever I find myself trying count the cost of giving God my time/resources/anything at all, I quickly remind myself that I own none of those things and He, in his infinite mercy, blessed me with the resources/time/anything at all and as I honor him with them, He would be pleased with me. I’m sure we all know what happens when God is pleased with you.

    Thanks a lot for sharing!

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