Christian, Do You Love God?
Fellow Christian, do you love God? Do you love the Triune God of the Bible – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37*).
We are called to love God with all of our being. Do you?
“Of course, I love God,” you might reply, “I’m a Christian.”
But what does it look like to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul? Is there evidence of such love in your life? None of us loves God perfectly, but how do you answer those questions?
Jesus’ greatest commandment stands on its own. You do not need other people around to show you love God with all your being. Although, loving God does show itself worked out in loving and serving others. In any given situation where it is just you and God, where is your heart, mind, and soul? Where are your thoughts focused? Your desires? Who are you seeking? What are you seeking? What are you seeking?
No one loves God the Father like Jesus (God the Son). Christians are called to imitate Jesus (Phil. 2:5, 1 Jn. 2:6, Jn. 13:34, Jn. 13:15, 1 Cor. 11:1). Aside from Jesus’ interaction with others in teaching, healing, correcting, inviting, etc. – we know he spent time alone with God in prayer, sought the Kingdom, was obedient and so on.
Of course, you should not engage in such spiritual practices by going through the motions like a Pharisee. But you know your own motivations and practices if you are honest with yourself.
Christian, what is your outward and inward evidence that you love God when no one else is around?
Grace and peace,
*Scripture quotations are from the ESV Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version).
About Mark Lamprecht
Mark is a Jesus follower and a Southern Baptist minister writing, preaching, and teaching to encourage believers. He lives in Metro-Atlanta with his wife, a daughter close-by in college, and a house full of dogs. He is available for pulpit supply and is seeking a full-time ministry position. He also founded Pulpit Supply Preachers ministry. Read more...