Mark 12:30 All About Love

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.

Micah 6:3 What Has God Done?

Heavy load

“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. Micah 6:3 

It is often heard of bosses who place heavy burdens upon their workers. They will have one worker who is very good at following orders all the time, so the boss will load an overload of work upon him. It will often be more than should be expected or was agreed upon in the hiring process.

This can be done to lightened the head manager’s workload. Or it can be done to shirk responsibility, or to take advantage of someone’s work ethic. Regardless of why it is done, it often makes the work of the worker very difficult.

God asks the people the question of how He has been a burden to them. God expected an answer.

Many people feel as though God asks too much of them. They feel as though what God is asking of them is a heavy and difficult burden.

The burden that God puts upon all who follow Him is actually very light. All He requires is that people love Him with everything in them, obey Him, and love everyone else.

People often get hung up on the ‘obey’ part. They say that there are too many rules. There are not that many rules, if fact, only two–love God and love others.

For both of these rules God also gives one His Holy Spirit to guide him and give him strength to accomplish what needs to be done to obey God and love others. All loving others comes down to is being a witness of who Jesus is in whatever method is available at the moment–speaking, helping, guiding, loving, correcting etc.

God does not put a heavy burden upon His people. People make it heavy, so they can’t do it or won’t do it.

There may be times when you feel God is giving you a heavy burden, more than you can handle. That is good, now release yourself to God and allow Him to work through you to accomplish that burden. Lean on His strength to do what needs to be done.

Everyday work on the job Jesus started–to seek and save those who are lost. As you do God’s work, you will find fulfillment, strength and rest. God will meet all of your needs. God’s work is not a heavy burden, but a fulfilling one as you see others come to Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God as for you to do; that you will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, direction, strength and rest; and that you will do the light work God has called you to do.