Yesterday at church we were challenged to “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 your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 Now that’s a whole lot of love!
As I started to reflect on my own personal life, I began to realize that I am not loving God with my everything. Not all the time. Not with every ounce of me. To love God this way demands everything I’ve got. It means I wake up every single morning and want to spend time with Him. It means He is constantly in my thoughts and on my mind. Why, it even means I bring Him up in my conversations with others. When you love someone with your whole heart, it shows. Others can see.
Loving God may be a struggle and the reason, I believe, is because we are in a fight. You see, we have been created to worship. God Himself has made us this way. And oh, how prone we are to wander. It is easy for us to set our gaze on the things of this world…on the things we can see.
We often think idols are golden carven images from long ago. In our mind, we are fools to think we don’t all struggle with idols. Anything that is a first priority above God is an idol. A child. A relationship. A job. You name it. Here’s a list to help prod your heart:
To love God is a command. It demands obedience and a surrender to Him to take our thoughts captive and turn our attention upward. Let’s get in the fight today and be more aware of the looming battle.