What are the things that you love? Off the top of my head I can say Coffee, Chocolate, Taco Bell, my kids, God, my husband (order does not indicate amount of love 😉 ) Do we “love” those things with all of our Heart?
Do you ever honestly evaluate the list of things you love?
Can I say I really love coffee or just enjoy it? What about Chocolate? Can a person love chocolate? As I try to justify that myself I am forced to ask a harder question.
What is Love?
The Urban Dictionary defines love as “nature’s way of tricking people into reproducing”. Maybe that’s more in the way of attraction and infatuation, but it’s still funny.
Our culture has diluted the meaning of love to a primal emotion. Biblical culture would have understood Love much differently. It is critical that we understand the original authors intent and the audiences interpretation when we look at the Bible – which talks a lot about love!
Matthew 22:36-38 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment”
To the original audience love was more than emotion, it was a conscious choice made in the will. The choice to Love was understood as an action that came from feelings yes, but also through thoughts and intentions.
Love is an action voice. Love is a choice.
Loving God as my first priority means I love God when things are good or bad. I choose to make God my first priority every day. I have to choose it and make a plan for it, or the other- more physically present- things in my life will take over that priority.
Speaking of “more physically present things”; I am blessed with several little people who crowd into my morning with their needs and demands. It took some persistence and consistency to convince them to respect this time in mommy’s day.
“No” is all I said for a time as I began re-setting this priority.
I felt guilty for saying No (A lie from the enemy)!
They made their pleads sound so urgent; they know just how to play on our heart strings!
In Deuteronomy (the passage Jesus was actually quoting) we see that the command to not only love God this way, but to teach our children to love God this way.
When we set a good example for our little blessings they will grow up knowing how to be a disciple and love God with all their heart. Now weather they live like it is another story (But we must give them an example worth following).
I have to make a conscious choice in my will to put God first everyday – to love God with all my heart.
For me that means:
- Prayer – I start the day by talking to God before my feet hit the ground.
- Start the day Giving Thanks for:
- The Day
- My Sight
- Family and friends
- anything else I can think of pre coffee
- Start the day Giving Thanks for:
- Bible Study – Morning is not my best time of day but, I try to spend time in God’s Word before I allow any other thing to speak into my life.
- Even if it’s just a few minutes reading a Psalm or Proverb, God’s voice is the first voice I want in my ear.
- I plan ahead so my kids know how to respect this time
- I have a snack ready if they wake before I am finished
- They have a spot to sit quietly and have their own quiet time
- I have resolved to not pay them any attention unless there is a real emergency
Do you need help jump starting your Quiet time? Anxiety is a topic that I wrestle with and so I’ve pulled 40 passages that address this topic into a FREE 40 Day Reading and Journaling Guide.
- Finally I give myself grace when I get off track and just get right back to it (no guilt or condemnation allowed)!
There is a battle raging to try and keep us from loving God with all our heart… but it is possible!
Which area can you make a change in today to begin to Love God with all your heart?