Loving God

I have been thinking about the real bottom line of what it means to be a Christian.  I know what John Q. Public thinks.  The public thinks being a Christian means being nice to everyone, being generous and being tolerant of  everyone, almost no matter what.   However, the true bottom line of Christianity rarely gets mentioned.  Jesus said the greatest commandment of God for us humans is that we love Him, and to love Him with our whole heart, our whole mind, our whole soul and our whole strength, and the second commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves. 

We hear a lot about the golden rule, which could be the subject of a book by itself, but how much do we hear about the first commandment of the two which is to love God with everything we’ve got? Do we love him with our whole heart?  Do we get up in the morning with the will to live for Him wholeheartedly, without reservation, without laziness, without stinginess, without looking back, without self interest?  Do we love Him with our whole mind?  How much time do we spend studying about Him, about His teachings, meditating on His words, getting to know Him?  Do we love Him with our whole soul?  Do we have a passion for Him, for pleasing Him, for talking to Him, for thanking Him?  Do we love Him with our whole strength?  Do we stay the course?  Do we love Him when we’re sick as when we’re well?  Do we love Him when we’re weak as when we’re strong?  Do we love Him when we don’t feel like it?  Do we love Him when we feel society’s contempt because we’re Christian?  We don’t hear much about it today.  We hear sermons about how God loves us, and He does.  We hear sermons about how God helps us, and He does.  We don’t hear so many sermons calling us to love God.  But God asks us to love Him.  I find that rather endearing.  He loves me and He actually wants my love, too.  Amazing.  I don’t think any religion ever taught that except Jesus.

Nonni

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