By Paul Myers
Recently, I believe, the Lord has been showing me something more clearly. The Lord, does desire and expect to be our first love. When you think about it rationally, how could he be anything but our first love. He gave us life. He provides generously for us. He is our Hero, inflicting pain on Himself, enabling us to have a relationship with Him. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother. Our own sin, the world full of sin and under the enemy’s power to a great degree, and the Enemy himself are opposed to this first love for God.
I believe the greatest obstacle to people making God their refuge, strength, and first love is that we have too high a regard for humanity. I’m not meaning by this we care too much for humanity’s well being. What I mean is we have too much esteem for humanity, or people who please us. We have too great an ambition to be seen by others as meeting and exceeding certain standards, or well-pleasing in their eyes. We are putting too much emphasis or value on the human judgment of others, whether they are this or that thing that pleases or displeases us. This over emphasis, leads to superiority and inferiority complexes. This leads to harsh, judgmental, and divisive ways of thinking, communicating and behaving. This divides, and causes much animosity, hatred, even wars and death. This is the pride in man, pride of man. We are the “God” of our world, passing judgments and setting our own standards for right and wrong.
Humanism has greatly infected Christianity as a whole, I believe, Christianity as including all who claim Christ. This pride of and in man, has greatly harmed and hindered Christian love and unity. I hope you understand what I am saying. I want to write in a way that brings humanity down to its proper place, of lowness and humility, before and under God. I realize this may seem negative and offensive to many, but this is best for all who honestly seek God, to know humanity’s true state and standing. I suppose this is part of the offence of the cross, that mankind is at such a low place as far as any good standing that it is required that Jesus live and die in our place, living a life of goodness and righteousness we cannot. Some, I believe rise up in defense of mankind to a degree, becoming defensive and perturbed when what we are apart from Christ is spoken of truthfully. To me it is not a negative thing, but hopeful, and awe-inspiring of the mercy and love of God, to think of how far we fall short, yet His mercy and love has reached and still reaches down to us. I believe the more we move off our selves being the focal point of everything, and rather Him being so, we will see much more graciousness, kindness and mercy to one another.