Recently we’ve been looking at some of the sayings you’ll hear a lot at Spout Springs. But today I want to clarify one.
On a regular basis I mention that obedience proves our love for God, that God sees that love and responds with a greater revelation of Himself, which drives us to love Him even more, which calls us to greater obedience, which means He reveals even more of Himself, and so on, and so on.
But this morning I saw something in my quiet time that I don’t think I’ve emphasized enough. It’s in 1 John 4:
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 (NLT)
If we’re not careful, we can start thinking that we’re the ones pushing the Obedience-Love-Revelation wheel. But love, the thing that drives the process, starts with God. My love for God starts with God’s love for me.
I don’t have to be afraid that I’m not loving God enough. He starts the wheel moving with His amazing, unbelievable, unfathomable love for me. My love for God isn’t something I generate. It’s merely me reflecting His love back to Him.
In other words, while the obedience wheel is (in my opinion) the key to spiritual growth, God is the One who starts and keeps the wheel rolling.