Love God More
“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.” ~ 1 John 2:15
Years ago, my teacher gave us an illustration using a jar full of marbles. It was filled to the brim; you couldn’t fit another marble in if you tried. He held it up and asked us if we would agree that it was full. Our heads all bobbed in agreement; of course, it was full. He then sat it on the table and slowly poured a cupful of bee bees into it. Surprisingly, they all found a spot in the jar in the spaces in between the marbles. Now was it full? Yes, now the jar was full. He then pulled out a box that contained sand. He began to pour the sand into the jar with the marbles and bee bees. It took a little shaking from time to time, but amazingly, the sand worked its way down through the spheres, and it too became part of the collection. He asked us one more time if we thought the jar was full. By now, we weren’t sure how to answer. We looked at the jar and each other and hesitantly answered yes. Finally, he pulled out a pitcher of water from behind his desk and started to pour it over the contents of the jar. Miraculously, the water also fit in the jar!
Have you ever stopped to wonder exactly what 1 John 2:15 means? Does it mean that we aren’t to love our families, our homes, our friends? I think what it’s trying to say is that we shouldn’t put any of these things above our love for God. If our first priority isn’t God, then we’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere.
We shouldn’t live trying to see where we can squeeze God into our lives. Instead, we should start out with God and see where everything else fits. God is asking us if we can trust Him enough to put our world into His care. If we love Him more than anything else, He will take care of our world. He’ll make sure that there’s room for the important stuff.
"16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see--
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together."~ Colossians 1:16-17
Trials. Sorrows. We all have them. They are a part of the human condition. The trick is to remember that we are admonished to 'consider it all joy.' ~ James 1:2 How can we find joy in the midst of our trials? It is because through the testing of our faith we have the opportunity to develop grit,determination, staying power, call it what you will. We are being given a spiritual workout.
As with our physical well being, our spiritual well being is greatly dependent on what we take in. If we want to be able to endure, we need to make sure that we have the right fuel. We need to have God's word hidden in our heart so that when our times of hardship come, we will have a well to draw upon.