Worshiping our Intellect over God
Something that is becoming more clear to me as I grow as a servant of God is that many Christians are very willing to intellectualise God but they don’t really understand and engage with God personally.
Indicators of this include an insistence on archaic language and saying things like, “we now approach the throne of God in prayer” as if God is not present here and now.
The difficulty that this presents in my mind is that if we are not directly and daily engaged with the Sovereign God who rules every aspect of our lives we lose the love connection of our hearts with God and instead we are engaged only in duty. Duty without passion is a recipe for disinterest and conflict.
Engaging our Passion
If we do not engage our passions we are also unable to engage the passions of others and fail to perform our primary function of spreading the love of God to others.
WE Vine in defining Agape says, the word expresses the perfect love of a perfect being to an imperfect creation, provoking in them love back to the giver of love, love to those who also receive the love of God and love to those who have yet to engage with the love of God that they might come to the love of Him.
Duty without love, an intellectualised God and disengagement from Him all hinder our service.