5 Love does not seek its own.
1 Corinthians 13:5


Do you deny your family or friends your love and affection unless they give in to your demands or meet your expectations? If the answer is yes, that would be selfish or self seeking. I once read a story of a billionaire who used his wealth to control his loved ones. He deviously threatened to disinherit them unless they acceded to his whims and fancies, no matter how unreasonable they were. Some cowered to his demands but others chose to walk away, not willing to suffer the indignity of losing their self-respect.

The Greek word for “seek” is zēteō which means “to crave, to demand and to strive after”. It gives the idea of a scheming person who manipulates people to get what he wants and won’t rest until that happens.

God is not a power obsessed divine being. God does not force us to worship Him as if He is insecure or unsure of Himself.

We worship because God is most worthy of praise (Psalm 48:1).

Worthy means “to give weight or value to someone or something”. It is often used in the context of returning a compliment or recognising a good deed. When you worship God, you are acknowledging and appreciating what He has done for you in Christ.

We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

At the same time we don’t worship or serve God for Him to do something for us. There is no need for us to scheme or connive for those things which He has graciously and freely given us in Christ. Instead of being self seeking, Christ calls us to seek earnestly His kingdom and its righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and out of His love, He promised not just to meet our needs but will give us more than we need.

© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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