Dr. Olson preached from this passage of scripture in Chapel this morning. He posed the question, "Do you really love God?" I mean...do you REALLY love God?! We as Christians would say that we do...but would our actions show it? Will the evidence of this love be clear in our lives?
Our reaction to this dilema, as Christians, leads us to conform outwardly. We think..."If I start doing things for God, and getting busy at church, or I'll go a missions trip, then I'm loving God." Outward conformity to our ideas of what a Christian is supposed to do, is worthless.
I know I've talked about this before, but It is so easy to forget it in my sad worthless Child of God existence (almost said "My Walk with the Lord", but I realized that makes it sound like it's my effort that makes me walk with God...left to myself, I would not have sought after God).
A truly, deep, humble, broken Christian life is marked not by outward conformity, but by a seeking after God. Seeking to know and understand Him more and more. It also means asking God to give us the love that He loves us with. To be honest, though...we can never achieve this on this earth. It is truly impossible to love God, and others as much as He loves us...but He can teach us how to get close...but we must never get to the point where we feel we've "arrived"...for it is at that moment that we are so puffed up in our own pride, that we truly have not "arrived"...
When a man is getting better, he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still in him. When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less.
-C. S. Lewis