Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16).
READ: John 15:9-13
When God wanted to reveal His invisible self to man, He clothed the Word with flesh In the Person of Jesus Christ, and sent Him into the world. Genesis 1:26-27 talks of the decision to create man which was taken by the Godhead. Why was man created? It is so that there will be someone who can see little of God whenever He came to earth. Some ages past, nothing existed but God. All you see today—sun, moon and stars, planet earth, human beings, etc., once existed only as an essential part of God’s thought. But at some point, He decided to bring to manifestation a portion of it. Although inanimate objects and animals have their ways of relating with their Creator, none of them can understand God. As a result God made man so that at least someone will be able to understand a little of Him.
Another reason for creating man is to reveal Himself in man. God wants you to appreciate His greatness and wants to use you to show the world how great He is. If you look at the life of Jesus Christ, several things about God were revealed. One major aspect of God that Jesus revealed is love. John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”. Until Jesus came, we never knew what true love was all about. God wants you know that there is depth of love that can only be accessed through God. When a fellow human being tell you ‘I love you,’ they may really mean, ‘I need you’, ‘I want something from you’, ‘I want to use you to get to an end’, etc. Man’s love is selfish, self-centered and usually tied to something—a hidden agenda or motive. As for God, however, it is important to know that He has nothing amiss that He needs our love to complete. Before we existed He was God. Before and after expressing your love for God, He remains God. Your love cannot add to or subtract from His essence. God loves you to the extent of dying for you. How many will be ready to die for me? Anyone who says he or she is ready to do so is simply engaged in self deceit. This is why I feel sad for those who peg their security on security guards. Which security guard will love his employer to the extent of dying for him? This accounts for why many of them flee when they come face to face with death. Safety is only from God. Do you have Jesus? Can people around you experience the love of God? If all they see is hatred, wickedness and an unforgiving spirit, it shows you do not truly have Christ or the Spirit of Christ. Can God reveal His love through you?
Father, through my life, let your love shine forth in the midst of hatred, selfishness and wickedness.
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