Just as I analyze the tiny sunbeam and discover in it the chemical make-up of the vast sun, so I look at the character and life of Jesus, and know what God is like—He is like Christ. (E. Stanley Jones)
Jesus met a woman at Jacob’s well in Samaria and asked her for a drink of water. Christ could have made water flow from the rocks; but instead He chose to make Himself dependent on the Samaritan woman. The Lord used this encounter with the woman at the well to demonstrate the fact that He has needs and passions. Should that surprise us? God created us in His own image and has given you and me the ability to minister to His needs (Genesis 1:27).
About thirty five centuries ago God gave Moses His law. He inscribed Ten Commandments on stone tablets that are a reflection of His divine nature. They are windows into His heart, mind and soul—telling us what He is like and how we can relate to Him.
What can we see in the windows of God’s heart? Exodus 20:2-6 says, “You shall have no other God’s before me.” In the first window we see that God has a need for “sincere relationship.” God wants us to make Him the love of our lives like He has made us the love of His life.
The next window is Exodus 20:7, “You shall not take the Name of God in vain.” God needs respect. Respect is when we make those things that are important to God important to us. Another window is Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Sabbath is a time where we set aside all business as usual, and demonstrate that there is nothing more important to us than God. It is impossible for us to develop a love for the Lord unless we spend time with Him. The remainder of the commandments: honor your parents, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie and do not covet have to do with character. God has a need for purity because He is holy (Exodus 20:12-17).
God’s love will influence every part of our lives. We cannot love God and mistreat others or be dishonest. As we love the Lord and minister to His needs, He meets all our needs through the power of His love for us.