Ok, I’ll admit it, that title is HUGE. I mean who really knows THE MOST important thing about God? I’m even trembling a bit as I write this. But here’s 2 reasons why it’s important: 1) We need To Know Him as He is and not as we supposed Him to be and 2) the most important thing about God has a massive effect upon us. Whatever His main thing is, will automatically be our main thing.
So what is the most important thing about God? Here’s how I think of it: Since the most important thing about you is what you think of God, the most important thing about God has got to be…what God thinks of Himself. And this is the most important thing about God for us because we can only know Him rightly through understanding what He thinks of Himself. The Scriptures are pretty clear on His thoughts of Himself. There are a few ways we can find out what they are:
1) How He describes Himself to us – When God describes Himself to us He’s simply sharing His thoughts and enlightening us to the truth of who He is. In doing so He’s telling us what He thinks of Himself. The most powerful example of this is when He declares His name and nature to Moses, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…” This explanation of God is repeated multiple times throughout the Scripture and is the basis by which He relates to humanity. When you are wondering what God is like or what He thinks about you, refer to His thoughts of Himself as declared to Moses. Many times I have referred back to this description of His nature to steady and center my heart in the truths of His goodness, mercy and justice.
2) What He speaks within the Godhead – The most explicit expressions we have in Scripture of God’s thoughts about Himself are revealed through inter-trinitarian dialogues. Simply said, these are the passages where one member of the Trinity speaks to or about another. For instance, on two different occasions, God the Father interrupted the natural course of human affairs and thundered audibly His great love and pleasure for His Son. If humanity ever wondered what the Father thinks of the Son, He forever settled it by declaring His love audibly for all to hear. This has powerful implications for us because, not only do we recognize God’s great satisfaction and pleasure with Himself, His love for Himself is the standard by which He loves us! Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, I have loved you, abide in my love (John 15:9).” This truth powerfully affects our hearts, forever settling us in His love and affirmation.
3) What He says about His works – Ten times in the NKJV the Lord describes His works as wonderful. When He expresses delight in His works He expresses delight in Himself. Proverbs 8 says He rejoiced at the creation and delighted in His work. Again this has a powerful impact upon us because you and I are the jewel of His creation. Nothing else is created in His image. Humans alone can claim the title “image bearer.” When God delights in His works, He is expressing His thoughts of Himself and in turn His delight in us. Each time the Scriptures describe His works as marvelous, magnificent or wonderful, know that those are also God’s thoughts of you.
Through recognizing God’s complete fulfillment and pleasure in Himself, we can then recognize His satisfaction and pleasure in us. It’s through knowing what He thinks of Himself that we can realize what He thinks of us. Since He is fully satisfied in Himself, it gives us faith to believe that He is satisfied with us. The most important thing about you is what you think of God. The most important thing about God is what He thinks of Himself-and as it relates to you and I, how He thinks about us.