To love things and use people is the way of the world. That is, apart from Christ, people tend to manipulate others to get the things they want in life. Most of the time, we only call it manipulation when others do it. When we ourselves do it, we usually don’t even recognize it for what it is. We just want what we want.
Loving things and using people is exactly backwards from the way God would have it. Hal David wrote a song making this very point (“Using Things and Loving People”).
Paul said that we should seek each other’s good and not our own (1 Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:4). A good question to regularly ask ourselves in prayer is “Lord, show me where I am using people so as to get what I want out of them instead of loving people so as to get what You want for them.”
We do not invite Christ into our lives. He invites us into His.
Do you think this is just semantics? It isn’t. And the more you think about the difference, the greater will be your opportunity to realize just how dramatic the difference is.
To start with, recognize that inviting Him into your life keeps Him within the limitations of your perceptions, whereas entering His life opens your eyes to the limitlessness of His perceptions.