When we begin to understand that God loves us so much that there is absolutely nothing He will not do for us, then our hearts begin to respond in the same manner. It is only an immature believer who is motivated by fear to serve God or to do what is pleasing to Him and that must continually be coaxed to be faithful to God. But as we enter the “extent of His love” we begin to love Him in the same manner as He loves us 1 JOHN 4:19 says, “We love Him, because he first loved us.”
We begin to experience what Paul spoke of symbolically in the mystery of the church.
EPHESIANS 5:25-33 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
We come to the place of absolute fidelity to Him and a love for Jesus that motivates us to the extent that there is absolutely nothing we will not do for Him. It is no longer a matter of what we have to do, a logistic approach to service, but it is our desire to find out what His wants are and to pour out our lives in the accomplishment of these things. This was the heart of love Jesus had for His heavenly Father.
JOHN 8:29 “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”
This is what God wants for all of His beloved children a bond of love that is limitless. As we observe two people who have been married for many years and are deeply devoted in love to each other we see two people who try to outdo one another with deeds of love. The husband doesn’t do what he does simply because it’s his responsibility, but because in the exercise of His role in the home as husband and father, he is loving nourishing, and cherishing his wife. There is joy in doing all that is required because love is the motive. Likewise the wife is not a slave that must be obedient to the man of the house, but it is her delight to do those things that make her husband the happiest many times without having to be requested to do it. This is the picture that God intended marriage to paint to this world of the relationship between Jesus Christ and His bride. Christian marriages should be the greatest witness of unconditional unending love that can be produced through human beings. I’m sure that you long with the desire to love God to the extent that there is nothing we would not do for Him.
I believe Abraham had a revelation of God’s love for him which was brought out in the famed account of Abraham preparing to offer his promised son on Mt. Moriah.
GENESIS 22:1-14 “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”
Often times this story is used to preach in the tests of life particularly the testing of our faith. However, my observation is that God was testing Abraham’s love for Him as in this blood covenant relationship nothing that belongs to the partners is withheld in time of need and the motive for entering (cutting) the covenant is love (1 SAMUEL 18:1-4). God had called Abraham up to the mountain’s top to find out the extent of Abraham’s love for Himself by asking him for the most precious thing he had, his only son of promise. You see, Jesus said that Abraham saw His (Jesus) day and rejoiced. In other words, he had the revelation that God would give His son for the salvation of the world; this was the knowledge of the extent of God’s love for man. It was revealed to Abraham in his day. The resulting effect was that Abraham could love God to the same extent by giving his son at God’s request.
In this process God was bringing Abraham’s love to a point of maturity based on the revelation of the love God would show to the world through Jesus Christ. Abraham passed the test of love which is obedience and walked with God as friends.
JOHN 14:21-24 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.”
In this love relationship between Abraham and God nothing was withheld from each other. God made Abraham wealthy, healthy, and famous because He loved him and Abraham provided the earthly lineage for Jesus Christ to come unto the world.
GALATIANS 3:16 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.”
When our love for God is mature we will do anything for Him. Our love for Him will be a reflection of His love for us. Just as there is nothing He will not do for us there is nothing we will not do for Him. If it is answering a call to the full-time ministry or just being a faithful usher in the local church. Whatever God asks of us we will delight to do it. This is what it truly means to “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” PSALM 37:4