“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”(1 Tim. 2:5, ESV, emphasis added)
Have you ever heard the stories of undercover agents getting in “too deep” and falling into cohorts with the criminal organizations they were sent to dismantle? I am sure this type of thing has happened to all of us in one way or another. Guys, that girl that is “so nice” but not a believer and you think that you can be her Jesus…only to end up further from the Lord and making excuses for how it isn’t her fault. Or girls, you want so desperately to help the guy who you are convinced is just “misunderstood” and you end up allowing his doubts to become your own. This happens because of our propensity to only be able to focus on one thing at a time! Just look back on all of the trends and fads of the past decade and you will rarely see a new one rise and coexist with the current craze. Rather, you see the opposite; the new replaces the old! The really crazy thing is…we were created to love that way.
This past Sunday at Providence marked the beginning of our “One” series. Pastor Kort discussed how rightly ordered affections and priorities (God, family, church, ect…) lead us to have Christ centered motives in all that we do. By placing Him first, he balances our lives appropriately and we don’t fall victim to the overworking and stress of our “little g” gods. Christ offers an easy yoke and light burden and rest for our weary souls (Matt. 11:30). Loving one God is much less confusing and tiresome than loving many gods at once. Abraham Lincoln proclaimed this, the Lord’s principle, in regards to our nation when he famously quoted, “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Matt 12:25). We, as mere humans, are not made to be dichotomous in our love but rather unanimous in our affections.
So why did God create us to only have the ability to really love one thing at a time?
BECAUSE HE IS ONE!
The Apostle Paul writes this truth to his disciple and son in the faith Timothy. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5, ESV). We were created and chosen to be adopted as sons and daughters of Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:5). When I think of adoption, I think of two parents who freely chose to unconditionally love a child as their own. When a precious infant is lovingly raised with adopted parents, do you think that that baby loves mommy or daddy any less because they are not his or her biological parents? NO. Likewise, through the richness of God’s mercy and grace we have been adopted through the shedding of Christ’s blood into an eternal, heavenly family. We can love fully Christ because he first loved us! (1 John 4:19)
The Father, Son, and Spirit (the trinity) are one and Jesus (the Son) is the only meditator between man and the Father in heaven. Focus your affections on Jesus and ask Him for guidance through His Spirit and thank Christ for His sacrificial love that allows you access to the Father’ house. Jesus makes it simple for our hearts, have only one love and all else will be given unto you (Matt. 6:33). Love Jesus first and He will rule our hearts and allow us to rightly order our affections to bring Himself the most glory and us the most fulfillment. Loving Christ is not always easy, but it is simply what we were created for!
One God = One Love