WHO DOES GOD LOVE MORE: HIMSELF OR US?
Interesting question isn’t it? It seems simple enough. We are called to be humble, and to humble ourselves before God and others. It certainly doesn’t sound like it when you read the Bible. Again and again, God tells us that His foremost concern is for His own glory in the universe. As such, many people have accused God of being self-centered and a narcissist. Since the story of the Bible is God’s promise to become famous, it seems He is a tad bit self-absorbed. After all, it would be wrong for a human being to say “My ultimate goal is to become famous, and be worshiped by everyone else.” But this is exactly what God says in the Bible. What’s up!?
The simple answer is that God’s glory is foremost in His affections. Now, before you get too cynical, let me add two caveats that makes God’s pursuit of fame and worship much different than say, Lady Gaga’s, Mick Jagger’s or yours and mine.
1) God is good according to the Bible. This means that He is perfectly holy and righteous. His desire to become famous among all peoples is not centered in a selfish gene.
2) God is ultimate in the universe—therefore it is right to worship Him. God must be God-centered, and so must we. In fact, we flourish best when we are centered in the Triune Godhead. The love that emanates from the Holy Trinity envelopes every child of God.
So, who does God love the most? Himself! This is admittedly a little hard to swallow for most Americans, but it is biblical nonetheless. However, the Bible is clear that God also loves human beings, and especially His elect. “God is love,” says the apostle John. So, is God a narcissist? Yes…in the best sense of the term. He is God-centered for the sake of His glory and the salvation of His elect among the nations.