On Sunday, July 20, Rev. Louis R. Blakey, Jr., pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached using the subject, "Measuring God's Love" based on John 3:16. His sermon was an object lesson since third Sunday is Youth Sunday.
Pastor Blakey introduced his sermon by having the congregation read John 3:16 from the PowerPoint, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He said it was his favorite scripture, and it was that scripture that brought him to his own salvation. He advised those present to put their hands on themselves and say, "God loves me." Since we were made in God's image, no matter what people say we can never measure God's love.
Then the pastor used three familiar objects to illustrate his points about measuring God's love. First, he held up a measuring cup for the congregation to identify. He said we can use a measuring cup to measure the correct amount of ingredients to bake homemade cookies and cakes. However, we can't measure God's love by using a measuring cup because God's love is too expansive.
The second object the pastor showed was a tape measure that determines length and width and depths; however, you can't measure God's love with a tape measure. God's love is too high and too deep for it to be measured with that instrument.
The third object the pastor showed the congregation was a watch. He said many people don't wear watches anymore because they can get the time from their cell phones and other technology. Unfortunately, some children have not learned to tell time on watches and clocks because time is not taught that way too much any more. Like the two other objects, Pastor Blakey said God's love is too expansive to be measured by time because God's love is from everlasting to everlasting. In other words, you don't have to measure God's love. You just have to experience it. God's love is everywhere, and it is not contingent on what you do but on what His Son has already done by dying on the cross for our sins past, present and future.
How do you measure God's love? You can't! And you don't have to! You just have to know that "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."