Devotions with Pastor Jason Lim
"Thou and thou only the first in my heart, O High King of heaven, my treasure thou art."
A true Christian is a new creation blessed with a new heart that loves God as his greatest treasure. But what does this love for God really look like? Jesus said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." (John 14:21) Obedience to God's commands is first and foremostly evidence of our love for God. Secondly, real love is seen in a passion for God. This is important because there can be a kind of cold, external obedience devoid of any internal passion for God. But real love for God is passion in the soul that produces obedience to His will.
Thirdly, we can take this further by saying real love is passion in the soul for Him and not just His gifts. The question to ask is, "Do you love God, and not just His gifts?" Oh yes, we should be appreciative of His gifts. We should recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father above. We are thankful that we are blessed. But the question is that if these gifts are taken away, will we still love Him? We live in a day and age when there is a kind of religion that says, "Come to Jesus because He's going to give you health and wealth. Come to Him so that you'll enjoy your best life now!" But real love for God can rejoice even if everything is stripped away. The voice of real love for God can say in suffering, "The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21) A real love for God endures through the tough times of life.
A real love for God can thus sing these words in every circumstance of life, "Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise; Thou mine inheritance now and always; Thou and Thou only first in my heart; High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art."