God is One. And God wants one thing from us more than anything else. To love HIM. When we love God we are really responding to the love that God has first poured out to us.
Our active choice to love God needs to be a daily, intentional acknowledgement of and thankfulness for who our God is, what God offers to us, and what God empowers us to do. Our God is the Creator of all the wonders and majesty of this universe – of all that we can see and know and of all that is yet unseen and unknown…and far beyond our imagination. We live only by God’s loving decision. Our God is absolutely the Sovereign One over all that exists, the Sovereign Eternal one of all space and time. And our God is Emmanuel – God with us – Intimate in His love for us, Intimate in His knowledge of us, Intimate in His presence with us. Our Sovereign and Intimate God is worthy and deserving of all our love, devotion and thankfulness. God’s choice to sacrifice His Holy Son Jesus gives us an undeserved and unshakable eternal salvation. God’s love for us brings hope, peace, courage and joy to our lives. Trusting and obeying God’s Word – especially as we choose to actively and sincerely love others – are powerful, fruit-bearing, tangible demonstrations of our love for God.
“Jesus answered, ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” Mark 12:29-30 (quoted from Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Loving God in these ways is truly worshiping our God “in spirit and in truth” – John 4:24. When we love God in spirit and in truth our life is put into a deeper, sweeter, purer balance, we are given an increasingly mature eternal perspective, we are held in God’s unfailing hope and we are protected by God’s transcending peace. The act of loving our God – to which we all are called as His followers and children – actually brings God’s deepest, eternal blessings to us – to our hearts and our souls and our minds and our strength.
Loving God is really the best thing we could ever do to love ourselves.