This seems like an EASY question: Are you thankful for the love of God? “OF COURSE” is the answer that would pass through the lips of most Christians.
Not so fast.
The answer may not be that obvious.
On the surface it does seem like an easy question. But if we quickly say we are thankful for the love of God, it should beg this question: “WHY? Why do you want God to love you?”
To be healthy and happy?
To be satisfied and successful?
To off-load our guilt and avoid hell?
None of that sounds right, does it? If our list of reasons reads like that, we have missed what being loved by God is all about.
Another common answer to why we want to be loved by God is because it feels good to be recognized as “SPECIAL.” And of course we are special to God. But many Christians are deceived into thinking they need to be thought of as SPECIAL by other people. You know, applause and accolades and taking delight in others praising us.
That kind of specialness cannot come from man…it must come from God.
It’s doubtful anybody visits the Louvre in Paris to see the Mona Lisa in order to make themselves feel like a “special individual.” Most people go there to see one of the best examples of the magnificent world God created for our enjoyment.
So what is the real WHY behind being thankful for the love of God?
To truly know him and walk with his Son Jesus in surrendered obedience. This is when we will be satisfied…when our SELF is subordinated to a Christ we view as cherished treasure.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Are you thankful for the love of God—for the right reasons?
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18