I think Jesus would agree with the great prophets, the Beatles, when they coined the phrase, “All you need is love.” After all, Jesus said so Himself when someone asked Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” (Matt. 22:36, ESV) He told the questioner:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” (Matt. 22:37-38, ESV)
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But I think many people–including myself–struggle with the concept of what it really means to love God. Why?
“Or maybe it just seems too weird, so we don’t try.”
There are many possible reasons: Maybe it’s because we’re afraid He won’t love us back. Maybe it’s because we think He doesn’t care about us. Or maybe it just seems too weird, so we don’t try.
Whatever your reason, I’m issuing you a challenge during this advent season: Try loving God–or loving Him more and see what happens. Today, on this first day of Advent, the swirling, fretting, pressuring world around us is counting down to Christmas and all that goes with it–and so much of it has nothing to do with Jesus at all.
But I’m embarking on a mission to love God more, and to let Him love me back. Join me on this journey, and maybe it will change your life. Maybe it will be your best holiday season ever.
The thought I want to leave you with today is this: When Jesus said loving God was the greatest commandment, He followed that statement with these words:
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:39-40)
“On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Did you catch that? Jesus is letting us know here that if we want to follow Him, if we want to live a life that reflects Him, it all starts with loving Him. That’s why understanding God’s love is so important, and why I hope you’ll join me on this Advent journey.
Happy December 1st!
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