BCL Grow: Loving God — Genesis 22:10-12
Genesis 22:10-12 (Faith)
Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” — Genesis 22: 10-12
“God saw Abraham’s sacrifice and said, ‘Now I know that you love me, because you did not withhold your only son from me.’ But how much more can we look at his sacrifice on the Cross, and say to God, ‘Now, we know that you love us. For you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from us.’ When the magnitude of what he did dawns on us, it makes it possible finally to rest our hearts in him rather than in anything else.” — Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, p. 18.
Steps to Take
Ponder: Think about how what a person loves motivates them to do certain things. What things do you love that motivate you? Consider the things that you struggle to accomplish in your life. Can you see how your struggle may be tied to certain loves? What loves are you engaging in that are turned away from God towards something else?
Remember: Sanctification is about the Holy Spirit changing our hearts and empowering us to love the things of God more and more and hate the things of wickedness more and more. The Holy Spirit uses ordinary means of biblical preaching, the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and Baptism, and prayer to grow us in sanctification. Make use of all these as you seek to grow in love for God.
Rejoice: God will never leave you nor forsake you (see Josh. 1:5; John 10:29). As you find areas where your love is turned away from God toward other things, cry out to God for forgiveness and help. He is always there with you in the midst of your struggle and has promised to grow you more and more into the image of Christ. Change may be slow and hard, but God keeps his promises.
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