Currently I'm reading a book called "Prone to Love" by Jason Clark. I have not finished the book but will post another post when I have finished it. His premise of the book is that we are a culture driven by need. I need a house, a boat, a car, a better job, a fix to my mood, a snack, whatever it may be, we're driven by need. He says that the heavenly perspective and kingdom is not one that is driven by need but by love. God's love "trumps" need and when I know how loved I am need takes its rightful place.
In this field I hear needs all day and to a degree I feel my own every day. What blows my mind about God's perspective is that when I encounter His love then my need doesn't go away but no longer consumes my every thought. When I know how loved I am then it allows me to not only love myself, but then love others. As Mike Wells says, "The lesser always gives way to the greater." My need what ever it may be is shadowed by God's love.
I find it interesting when I am trying to get my "need" met in another human being, I can never love that person. Like I said earlier in contemplating Chris Legg's idea "that when I put conditions on love, then it becomes a wage," I can never give someone love if I'm trying to get something from them, whether is love, acceptance, security, sex...
I believe that it is equally important to know that now that I have Christ as my life I have a new heart and that new heart is prone to love because of Christ. No longer am I prone to wander, that's what I did before Christ (and when I do it never works), but now love is my new language like Paul says over and over in the Epistles.
As I was thinking about this an old song came to mind, "It was my sin that held him on the cross." I thought to myself "wow" but as I went down that trail the Holy Spirit whispered to me "no, Zach, it was my love for you that held me there". WWWOOOOOOWWWW!!! The lesser always gives way to the greater. When I know how loved I am, sin takes its rightful place and I shift my focus from all my shortcomings to Christ!!! What a God we serve!