Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
The world is very quick to point out that people need to love each other. They are even faster at saying it to a believer.
Yet the world has a warped sense of what it means to love. According to the world it is love to allow someone to choose to murder (abortion) a baby. It is love to allow someone to live however they want, even in death-sentenced sin.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with every part of one’s life.
Many in the church are quick to talk about love, to love God and to love others. However, they talk about love in the same way as the world does, love while allowing for sin.
Loving God with everything within one’s self means that God is put absolutely first in every area of life. It is denying self and living as Jesus lived–holy in every area of life–thoughts, words and actions. In other words–obey God in everything.
It is doing everything one can to turn away from sin. It is doing everything one can to encourage others to turn from sin and turn to serve God. It is allowing God to direct every word, step, action and thought as He sees fit to be needed.
Living like this is not easy. It is denial of self and putting God first. The world and those thinking like the world will not like it and will rebel against it.
Every believer who chooses to love God with everything in him will know the abundant life that Jesus promised. He will see the power of God manifested in his life everywhere he goes.
The commandment Jesus gave to those questioning Him also is given to you. Jesus is also telling you that you must love God with every ounce of your being, physically and spiritually.
As with every person, there are areas you can love God better in. There are areas in your life that you are still holding onto sin and this world that prevents you from loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Give those areas up to God and love Him. It will be worth it all.
Are you loving God with all that is within you?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will give your whole life to loving God; and that you will know and see God’s great love for you.