If we genuinely love the Lord, our lives will show it, and others will notice something different about us. We’ll have inner satisfaction and contentment that no amount of success, prosperity, or popularity can provide. That’s because we were created to love God, and no other pursuit will satisfy us.”- Dr. Charles Stanley
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Mark 12:30
In Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…”
He did not simply leave the commandment to “Love the Lord your God.” But, He specified it with the phrase, “with all your heart”.
It is also interesting to note that of all the aspects in the human being, Christ first mentioned the heart. Why not the soul? Or the mind? Or the Strength?
I believe that the answer is found in Jeremiah 17:9,
9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
God indeed knows the capacity of our hearts to deceive even us.
In The Message version it says,
9“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
a puzzle that no one can figure out.” (MSG)
God knows really well the darkness in our hearts.
Dictionary.com defines heart this way,
“the center of emotion, especially as contrasted to the head as the center
of the intellect”.
Interestingly, this definition tells us that the heart and the head contrast each other.
How then should we love God with all our heart?
- Treasure God ultimately in your heart.
21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”- Matthew 6:21
We have to come to the point in our lives where God is our ultimate treasure.
- Allow God to light your darkened heart.
6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”- 2 Corinthians 4:6
No one else can tame the darkness and the deceitfulness of our hearts except the light that is coming from God alone.
With all these written above, what are the initial steps that we need to take?
I Hope these 3 P’s and 1 F will help you get started:
- Pursue Him every day!
- Ponder on His Word.
God’s Word, The Bible, is like our compass. Starting the day without this may cause us to wander.
- Plot your schedule.
Of all the surmounting works that need to be done in a day, plot all of them strictly so that you will not miss your time with God.
- Find time to be with Him.
Do not allow the day to pass without spending time with Him!
– May we all pursue in loving God with all our hearts.