Do You Love God?

Have you ever asked yourself how much you love God? Jesus instructed in Matthew 22:37 that you should “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” So do you love God with your entire being, like He’s your lover?

If one day God wants you to offer your loved one like Abraham’s offering of his son Isaac as a living sacrifice, will you do as Abraham did? If you have to choose between God and the people you love in this world, who will you love more? Will you put God 1st? If your family stands in the way of your love for God, will you sacrifice your family?

It’s not easy to love God, as it’s not like God is in front of us and we talk to Him and see Him every day, with whom we have a special physical closeness. Though we do love God, we also love our family.

In Matthew 4:21, Jesus called James and John, sons of Zebedee, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” And they immediately followed Him leaving their aged father behind. I wonder did the father curse them for being ‘unfilial’ leaving him alone to handle the family fishing business. Or was the father also a follower of Jesus and being a loving father, had readily and cheerfully released his children to the service of God. Did his business flourish ultimately with God’s blessings? Apparently, James and John loved God more than their own father. In this situation, do you think they had loved their father any less?

When you love someone wholeheartedly, you will show your love in your actions. You’ll want to spend more time with the person. Actions speak louder than words. If you love God very much, you’ll wholeheartedly do His will, give tithe or faith promises cheerfully, all the more when you see the Day approaching, and you’ll know you will be richly rewarded as you have done the will of God. You’ll read the Bible daily, pray to Him regularly and spend time alone with Him. You will be willing to bear His cross and follow Him. Jesus says in Matthew 10:37-38 that “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son and daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me”; yet, in Ephesians 6:1, Paul says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Clearly, loving God does not mean abandoning the love for our parents. It’s just love in a different way.

God loves us more than we love Him. If not, He wouldn’t have sent His only Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. This is LOVE, not that we loved God, but that He had loved us first. Our love could never be measured to His great love, and the only thing we can show our love for Him is by loving one another, including loving our family. Understanding this is fundamental to our hope for God’s love to be made complete in us.

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