Having a relationship with God, like most relationships, comes with benefits. But you can’t truly appreciate those benefits if you do not love God sincerely. Let me give you an example to better understand this point.
The decision to marry someone should come from the fact that you love that person for who you know them to be. Once you meet someone, get to know and love them, you eventually marry them so you can get the benefits that come along with marriage right? At least that’s how things should work in an ideal situation.
Well, let’s say all the above happened to you, and you went about singing praises to God for providing you with a mate, Oh hallelujah!
Then, lo and behold, you discover that your spouse married you just for the benefits that came along with marrying you, and not because they really loved you. How heartbreaking would that be to find out that you were in love all by yourself. That someone told you they loved you, pretended to be interested in what you had to say, pretended to support you, bought you gifts, and all the while only interested in what they could get from being with you. That would really hurt!
God is no different. He has feelings too! Many Christians go through the notions of being a Christian. They go to church, they tithe, they hold positions in the church, they say the right Christian phrases at the right time, but only do so to gain favor with God so they can get the benefits of being a Christian. True love for God will manifest itself publicly and will lead to some of the things mentioned above, but to ‘date’ God simply for personal gain is not only hurtful to Him, but foolish.
One way to know if you really love God for who He is, is to ask yourself, ‘If God doesn’t give me what I want, will I be OK with that and still love Him?’ I know…that’s a tough one! But that’s where trust comes in. If God doesn’t give you something you want, trust and believe, it’s not good for you.
Deuteronomy 6:5 says,
‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’ This means to love God with everything you’ve got! Love Him for who He is and for everything He has already done for you. Love Him because He is the creator of everything and still cares for you. Love Him because He’s God!