“Do you believe God is the greatest thing you can experience in the world?”
That question stopped me in my tracks.
I was tempted to quickly respond, “of course!” and move on but something inside me revealed an uneasy tension. I forced myself to pause and dive deeper.
At the risk of hyperbole, what I discovered is altering my understanding and relationship with God.
Most of my life I believed this statement: Serving God is the greatest thing in the world to experience = Statement #1. Yet, this question reminded me that God is the greatest thing in the world to experience = Statement #2. See the subtle difference?
Statement #1: “Serving God is the greatest thing in the world to experience” results in:
– When I serve God effectively I please Him and He embraces me more
– God is sorta lovingly embarrassed when my service is less effective (this makes the pressure of ministry unbearable at times)
– God’s primary way of measuring my love for Him is my service (this causes me to sometimes feel proud and other times feel guilty based on ministry effectiveness)
Statement #2: “God is the greatest thing in the world to experience” results in:
– I can embrace God’s complete love regardless of what I produce (According to Jer. 1 He knew me and set me apart before He formed me in my Mom’s womb – before I produced anything)
– I connect with God independent of my ministry (My ministry is a response to God’s call. My relationship is a result of God’s sacrificial pursuit of me.)
How about you? What do you genuinely believe is the greatest thing in the world to experience?