How often have we heard about seeking God for who He is, for His heart, and not for His hand, as in a hand out, as in, His benefits?

What person wants a gold-digger (or, “benefit-digger”) for a lover? Don’t we as people, as individuals, want to be loved precisely for who we are versus what we have, do, the money we make, our social status, or even simply what we do for that person? If we take our identity to its root – meaning, who we truly are, simply who we are, nothing else attached, and have someone who loves us for one of our attachments, what happens when the attachment detaches? What is left?

Where would we get that idea, that desire to be loved simply for who we are? Well, if we believe we are made in God’s image and likeness (“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27), we don’t have to wonder. So then, wouldn’t God desire the same thing?

In Luke 12:29-31 (NKJV), Jesus tells us, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.” Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) states, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 (NKJV)

Can we see the heart of God here? Don’t we want to give good gifts to those we love? Doesn’t God want to do the same with us? What is the connecting link, what is the necessary focus, what is the motive? Love that will love regardless of benefits. Benefits will come and they are good and we are worthy as His children (relationship) to accept and receive them, simply because we are His children. However, benefits are not the reason to love. They’re simply a byproduct of relationship.

What benefit could God gain by loving us? What could we possibly do for Him? Is there anything that He needs? I would venture to say, no. Yet, He loves us anyway ..

be blessed!



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