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Monday, March 3, 2014

Loving God

Jesus said to him, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and most important commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38 ISV)

I enjoy walking with God and I expect to enjoy this walk for the rest of the days He gives me in this life.  I want you to enjoy such a walk as well.  The next question you may ask, then, is this: "What does a walk with God look like?"  I'm glad you asked. ;)
Now that we have been reconciled with God, redeemed, and restored as His friends (rather than enemies); God tells us this is just the beginning.  He wants a relationship with us.  He wants us to enjoy being in His presence.  He wants us to turn to Him for advice or counsel.  He wants us to talk with Him and listen to Him.  He wants us to love Him just as much as He loves us.  He wants the first-priority, top-position in our lives...which is where He belongs.  Only God is God, so He deserves the God-spot in our lives.

This won't always be easy.  Even those closest to us may try to stop us from putting God as first in our lives.  Jesus warned us about this reality so we wouldn't be surprised. "From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."  (Luke 12:52-53 NIV)  Sometimes we will need to choose God, even over our closest friend or relative.  Our WHOLE heart, WHOLE mind, WHOLE soul, and ALL our strength goes into loving Him...not matter what.

We think of this as being hard to do, but in the end it is actually easier.  God designed and created all things - visible and invisible.  He knows how all things work.  He instructs us to live the way things are designed to work.  When we do, it is better.

Think of it this way. A car is designed in such a way that we get where we are going if we sit in the driver's seat and drive following the traffic rules to get to our destination.  Sure, there are times when traffic and road construction may slow us down and cause delays in the journey.  We may even get hit by a drunk driver (who isn't following the design), but it's still far better to be inside with the seat belt, airbags, and engineered beams protecting us (in His design) than it would be to walk out in front of a vehicle traveling at 80 mph (outside of His design).

Its always better to walk with God...and we desire this walk when we love Him just as He loves us.