Love with All Your Heart
What does it mean to love God?
Some would say to love God is to commune with Him. There is truth in that, but everyday people commune with one another yet they are in sharp disagreement or their lives are islands to one another. Jesus said the Pharisees engage in long prayers but they “shall receive greater damnation” (Mark 12:40).
Is love for God about action or position? Jesus said we should “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength” (Mark 12:30). How?
The first step to properly love God is to revolutionize the way you think about your “stuff” in this life. Mark 12 is full of person-stuff relationship instruction. Jesus first taught a parable about a lord of the vineyard who sends for the fruit of his vineyard while he is away. The servants refuse. This is rather odd since it was the lord’s vineyard and not the servant’s to start! Did they have the right to refuse? Then the Pharisees try to stump Christ with the question about taxes. Jesus’ answer is about their relationship with their possessions more than whether they should pay taxes. All of us bear in our identity the image of God, so we should be devoted to Him. Throughout this chapter, Jesus insists our love for God depends on our relationship with our earthly possessions.
The widow woman at the end of Mark 12 gave more than all the others because she gave all she had. Her life was properly oriented to focus on God so she realized everything she had was from Him anyway. To love God means to recognize the signature of His sovereignty. Surrender to His sovereignty through the signal of your worship.
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