Loving God with All You’ve Got
You love your favorite pillow, warm showers, and sunny days. You can love God too, right? Click To Tweet
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’;and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 NIV
Happy Valentine’s Day! As we come to the conclusion of the Luke 10:27 Challenge, let’s examine how our love for God compares to romantic love. It’s simple really, isn’t it? Just love God with all you’ve got. You love your coffee, your chocolate, your DIY projects, and great books. You love your favorite pillow, warm showers, sunny days, and your spouse. You can love God too, right?
God asks us to take it a step farther. We don’t just get to love God, but we have to love him with our heart, soul, strength, and mind? That’s a lot of loving! In light of Valentine’s Day, let’s break down this love thing and see how our love for God compares to romantic love…
Loving God with All Your Heart
When you love God with all your heart, your thoughts and feelings get involved. It’s kind of like the warm, fuzzy stage of a relationship. You think about God and perhaps even daydream a little bit. (Not in a creepy kind of way! Maybe you start dreaming about the way things would be if you truly let God live out His will in your life.)
Loving God with All Your Soul
When you love God with all your soul, you love Him with everything that you are. You long to connect with God on a deeper level. You want to know everything you can about Him and you want to be fully known. Your desire is for true intimacy.
Loving God with All Your Strength
When you love God with all your strength, you are committed. You are determined stay the course and make the relationship work. You put effort into the relationship. You might actually be willing to wake up a few minutes to have some alone time together. You work towards changing the areas where God is convicting you.
Loving God with All Your Mind
When you love God with all your mind, you work to know who He is. You aren’t blindly in love anymore. You know God and you choose to love Him anyway. Your faith doesn’t make you use your mind any less. It actually encourages you to consider how God plays an integral part in the world around you.
To Sum It All Up…
You’ve got to love God with all you’ve got. It’s plain and simple..but it’s not. Loving God is like being in every stage of a romantic love at the same time. The good news is that we serve a patient and loving God. He doesn’t ask us to do anything that He doesn’t do Himself. He loves us with all His heart, soul, mind, and strength. Think on that for a minute! Then go away feeling LOVED!
How do you think love for God compares to romantic love?