The question is, how do I get more of this Treasure, this Person?
One of the time-tested writers I affectionately refer to as Ye Olde Dead Guyes, Thomas Watson, put an edge on the answer to that question:
There is love in every command, as if a king bid one of his subjects to dig in a gold mine and keep the gold for himself.
One of my favorite bloggers, Steven Fuller, recently elaborated:
All obedience costs us something. But God’s purpose is that it would always gain us even more — of Christ. He is the gold we discover as we dig in obedience. The more we obey, the more gold we gain. Let’s obey.
When our motivation to obey is this, the obstacles start falling.
On the other hand, when our motivation to obey is to make God our debtor so that He now owes us something, we might find God Himself mercifully opposing us. Because that approach nullifies grace.
Someone once asked Jesus how to get more of Him and this was His response:
If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23
Does anyone out there find this verse motivating?