In Matthew 22:34, One of the Pharisees, “an expert in the law” in a futile attempt to undermine Jesus (and knowing fully well that the Pharisees had classified over 600 different laws), tested Jesus with a question and asked Him, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus’ response was succinct yet profound, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.
Christ’s response to the Pharisee shows that our love for God should not a superficial one that is conditional upon what God can do for us. Rather our love for God must be an all-consuming experience that permeates every aspect of our lives and completely captures our hearts and minds.
When we love God, we will not only focus on the things he can do for us, we will crave His presence. When we love God, it will no longer be about us, it will be all about Him.
Loving Him means making him the front and centre of my life. Loving Him means having a reverential fear of Him and seeking to keep His commandments. Loving Him means living a life that reflects glory back to Him and living my life in such a way that my actions make Christ real and tangible to those around me.
Sounds easy enough, but the truth is, I can only love Him, when I seek to know Him. How could I truly love someone I do not know? We get to know people better by spending time with them and having conversations with them.
Well, with God, its no different…