Do You Love God the Most? When you look at your daily spending, your daily activities, and your daily interactions, it may become clear who your god is? Take an honest assessment of your day. While most of us spend the majority of our day working, which God calls us to do, are you the type of person who makes your career your life and keeps church and state separate so to speak or you the type of person who tries to bring God into your career? Are you the type of person who spends 10 minutes in God’s word in the morning and then spends 2 hours on Facebook during the day and another 2 hours watching TV at the end of your day and then cap it all off by another 5 minutes in prayer before bed time? Just sayin’. Be real and be honest and figure out who your god is. I hope it is the one true God that you love with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength!
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “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.” – Matthew 22:36-38
“To live is Christ, to die is gain.” – Philippians 1:21
For years I focused on the latter part of this verse. How could he even consider being hard pressed between the two? Of course I would choose to be with God over being here in this broken world. The choice for me was simple. Sadly I was not saved then and even though I thought I was a Christian, I did not fully understand the weight of what Paul was trying to express. God is far more patient than I am, in regard to sinners, but when I look at people in my family who are not saved and then look beyond to my friends, and even further still to those I do not know, and then go one step more to those I dislike, I find my pause in understanding Paul’s heart just a little more. If I live I get to share Jesus, for Jesus, for his kingdom. If I live I get to experience the joy of seeing hearts of stone turn to hearts of flesh. If I live I might gain the eagerly desired approval of my Father whom I hope will say,”Well done my good and faithful daughter!” For that I am willing to wait just a little while longer. For that I will try to be patient.