Let’s discuss what God loves most.
The tithe. Perhaps that’s it. It’s an Old Testament tradition, but surely it equates to our love for the Lord.
Or maybe God loves big church buildings with lots of stained glass. Certainly, they demonstrate our devotion to him.
Obedience. Ah, that’s it. He loves obedience more than sacrifice. The scriptures tell us so.
Actually, none of those. Not our tithe, not the glorious edifices we build in his name, or the obedience we offer to him.
Seriously. None of them are God’s most treasured possession.
Read along in James 4:5:
“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us’?”
To catch the impact of this verse, we must look closely at one word: yearns.
Merriam-Webster says yearn is “to long persistently.”
What does God long for persistently? “The spirit that he has made to dwell in us.”
That’s God’s truest, most treasured possession. It’s also why he takes delight in each sinner reborn into the kingdom.
We see this confirmed in Luke 15:7:
“Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
We – you and me – are God’s treasure. He yearns for the spirit that sparks life in us, and he holds out his hand to draw us home.
God really does love you, more than anything else in creation.
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