The “Great” that Doesn’t “Grate” – Part One

March 23, 2009 at 10:43 am | Posted in Bible Studies, Biblical Greats | 14 Comments
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As Christians, we should spend much time meditating on how great our salvation is. However, because it is so great, there will always be a great lack of understanding, and a difficulty in truly appreciating it.

We try our best to grasp as much as we can of what God has done in saving us and changing us and regenerating our hearts.

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 3:10-12

No one in this world can say that he has loved God his whole life. We were all born with a heart that was not capable of loving God.

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

When God saves someone, He gives that person a new heart. This new, regenerated heart has the capacity to love God more and more. A well-loved old hymn says:

Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.
Every day with Jesus I love Him more and more.
Jesus saves and keeps me.
And He’s the One I’m waiting for.
Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

Robert C. Loveless

Through God’s power, we have the ability to love Him every day more than we did the day before. But most Christians fail to exercise this ability. Part of the reason why may be that we underestimate how great God’s love for us truly is. It would be impossible to overestimate it. The fact of God’s love for sinful men may just be the greatest of all the great miracles. Someone said the greatest miracle is when God raises the dead, but I’ve got three school-age daughters – my wife does that miracle almost every morning! I think the greater miracle than God raising sinful men from the dead is God Himself dying for sinful men.

So, because He died for us we should love Him more and more each day. The question is, practically, how do we do that? How do you make yourself love someone?

Let’s think about it this way. In human terms, to get my love for a person to grow, generally, I need to be around that person – to spend time with her. However, we know that familiarity – in human relationships – can breed contempt. Familiarity isn’t always such a great “love-enhancer” in human relationships. This is because people have faults. The more you get to know someone, and the more time you spend with her, the more of her faults you start to notice.

It’s not the same with God. He is perfect. There are no faults in Him. Since He is perfect, the more you know Him, the more you will love Him.

Keep in mind though, that, in addition to being perfect, God is also great. Since He is great, when I start knowing Him more and more, I recognize His greatness more and more. This means that my love for Him does not become a careless familiarity.

With people, love means “never having to say you’re sorry.” (I know this is not technically correct, but follow the reasoning.) Among people, love can become relaxed, and, ultimately, it can lapse into presumption.

Again, it is not so with God. With Him, we recognize His greatness, and our love does not become a careless familiarity. It becomes worship. It becomes a desire and a motivation to serve Him.

We draw closer to God. We see that He is great. We see that He is perfect. We are thankful for it.

In a future post, I will try to elaborate on three principles that will help us to appreciate the greatness of God: His supremacy; His strength; and His splendor.

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