By: Pastor Randy
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” Mark 12:30 (NLT)
When God created us, He designed us for a relationship with Him. This is what the whole idea of worship is about. Living a life of passionate worship involves developing a deep hunger for God's presence.
For most people, this doesn't come easy. Spending time in God's presence can often seem more like a chore than a privilege. Yet, I passionately believe God wants us to know Him in ways that are surprising, exciting and even fun. I believe God can draw us into the kind of relationship that causes us to not only prioritize Him but cultivate a consistent desire to know Him better-not because we have to, but because we want to.
The Bible defines fully knowing someone as an intimate and loving act, in which you reveal your true self to someone spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even physically. This beautiful picture of intimacy is best fleshed out in marriage. Did you know your marriage can be an act of worship?
Knowing Jesus intimately creates the very connection our hearts were made for.
In today's verse, Jesus described His own relationship with the Father when He said, “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
The same is true for us. The more time we spend in God's Word and in prayer, the more we learn how to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The more we love Him, the stronger our bond becomes. The closer the bond, the greater the intimacy. This rule can also be applied in earthly relationships with our friends, family or spouse.
St Augustine once said, “To fall in love with God is the greatest of romances, to seek Him the greatest adventure, to find Him the greatest human achievement.”
It's true. Our relationship with God is one of infinite joy and adventure. It's through a relationship with Jesus where we find we are fully known and fully loved. God pursues His children with a fierce love. He's longing to spend time with us. Every minute we spend with Him is an act of worship; and it can truly be life's greatest love story.
1. What are some practical ways you can love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength this week?
2. What is it about being in the presence of Jesus that excites you?