“God’s true love, the highest divine love, is not mainly God making much of us, but giving the highest price imaginable in his Son to free us from our bondage to joy-destroying self so that we can enjoy making much of him forever.” –John Piper
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
–I John 4:9-10 KJV
What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? [It is] God that justifieth. –Rom 8:31-33 KJV
[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. –Rom 8:1-2 KJV
Piper goes on to point out that while it is abundantly clear that God does make much of us as His children, He always does so for HIS name’s sake, for His glory. Why is that? I so appreciate Piper’s further clarification. It’s such an important reminder that ultimately, it’s not about me! My greatest need is not to try to console self with much attention, but to lose myself in adoration of my King.
…if God made me and myself the end of my goal, my quest, he wouldn’t love me so much as if he made himself the end of my goal and my quest, because self, no matter how glorified, no matter how much made much of, will never satisfy my heart. I must look away from my made-much-of-self in order to see God truly and love him as my final treasure. And therefore I think God makes much of us precisely so that we will have the greater capacity to enjoy him.
–Notes from from an interview with John Piper at: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/does-god-delight-in-me