"God’s law demanded, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5). But we have all loved other things more. This is what sin is—dishonoring God by preferring other things over him, and acting on those preferences. Therefore, the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We glorify what we enjoy most. And it isn’t God."- John Piper- Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
To prefer something over God is to sin. Let's think about that statement for a minute. I'm sure we all go through our lives thinking, "Oh, I love God. I read my Bible and pray all the time." But has it become our life and breath? Do we truly seek Him first and foremost? Are thoughts of Him always on our minds, or are we constantly distracted by worldly desires? We are even told in scripture that Jesus said to hate our families! “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26) He clearly says here that we should, IN COMPARISON TO HIM, hate our own lives! What does this mean? Surely Jesus isn't telling us to hate those whom He's given us to love! No, not at all. He's saying that our love and desire for Him should be so great that any other human love should pale in comparison. Our love and passion for Him should be something that penetrates our souls and pervades our beings. We should be so deeply in love with our Savior that we truly do live and move and breathe IN HIM (Acts 17:28). As humans, we do naturally glorify what we value most. It SHOULD be Christ, but it usually isn't. God craves our praise, no, He DEMANDS it. Does this make him self-serving? No, this makes him GOD. A deserving, sovereign, powerful God.