One of the most important commands that God gave to our fathers was for them to love Him. Why would a God who is all sufficient ask his people to love him? LOVE GOD ALONE AND SERVE HIM ALONE!
Christianity is a Call to Love the Lord.
One can only be said to be a Christian if he makes the pledge or covenant of forsaking all others and serving Yahweh alone. Bible is littered with a number of instructions about what is required to serve Him but loving Him is at the center of most of these instructions. Jesus summarised these requirements into one theme with two sub sections in Mark 12: 29-31: You shall love the lord your God first commandment and them love your neighbour as yourself . These commandments as a matter of fact were called the greatest commandments.
LOVE GOD ALONE AND SERVE HIM ALONE
God has all the angels up there praising Him; the creation is also said to prove his power and who he is but he demanded that His people show Him love. The concept of Loving God in Christian worship is an essential task that is meant to keep the Christian glued to Him and no other thing.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE GOD?
To love the Lord is to make a decision to be married/unionized to Him. That is to form a permanent union with Him alone.
Loving God is akin to a man married to a woman. The Bible says the two shall be one and must not be separated. Love is only demonstrated when the union is kept intact. Can you imagine a woman divorcing her husband because she loves him? No one will accept this fact because love does not manifest itself in distance but in closeness. To love God means to give him his place in your life.
To love the Lord is pledge of
- Faithfulness: stick to him alone (Exodus 20:3)
- Commitment: you do as He says or keep His commands (John 14:14)
- Oneness with him: you will allow him to make his home with you (John 14:23-24)
THE THINGS THAT ARE COMPETING WITH GOD FOR THE PLACE IN THE HEART OF A CHRISTIAN ARE:
- The self of men:
Tim 3:2 in the lastdays men shall be lovers of themselves…….
Matthew 6:24 love of mammon is despising GOD. Mammon is not money alone but the spirit dedicated to money in the kingdom of darkness. It aim is to compel men to do things for money. It cause men to lust after money such that they can sacrifice etc. mammon demanded worship or one’s life in exchange for money.
1st Timothy 6:10:- The love of money leads to evil: erred from the faith, many sorrows.
John 2:15-16: If any one loves the world……
Galatians 1:9-10: The problem of pleasing men and getting obsessed with their approval and opinion.
THINGS THAT SEPARATES US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD
Romans 8:38- 39
- Death and life: the fear of death and the quest of keep one’s life sometimes make us of things that separates or divorces us from God.
- Angels and principalities: yes angels once fell from the skies to deceive men and now there are dark forces deceiving men
- Powers: men with authority: Bosses at work, husband, etc
- Things presents and things to come: Worldly Pleasure
Height and depth: Success and Failure
- Creatures: Torture and Persecution.
HOW TO LOVE GOD
- With all our soul:
Your desires shall be aligned to what the Lord wants. You will love or pursue only what God and hate what he hates.
- With all your heart/spirit:
Mold yourself to reflect God. The real man is not our flesh but our spirit so when we love God with our spirit then we are offering who we really are to Him. Love him with your spirit means become one with him in your spirit.
- With your all might/strength
Your physical life must be aligned to the things of God. What you do and acquire must all be used to the praise and glory of God. The car you have, money etc must all be used to serve God and Him alone.