To love Him so fully…
What does it mean to love Christ fully? Deuteronomy 6:5 says,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Romans 8:38-39 says,
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We know there is nothing in all of creation that could ever come between God’s love for us. God has said he won’t ever leave us. But yet at times we still leave him. We constantly step out of his presence, because we think we can do life on our own, we think we know what we need. We look for fulfillment and rest in worldly things, whether that’s relationships, popularity, friendships, a T.V. show, vacations, addictions, the list goes on, and on, and on, because there really are so many options of what we can choose to go and look for rest, peace and fulfillment in. But luckily the Lord has already told us the only thing that can, and will fulfill all our needs and deepest desires. Him!
“Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
You see all those things I mentioned earlier, will still leave us empty, they are not a solution to our troubles and weakness. The Lord is, he wants us to need him, he sent his only son to the cross, to take on our sins, so that we could have a relationship with him and be forgiven. Jesus was perfect, and sinless! We were sinful and broken, and God gave our punishment to Jesus, and Jesus’ reward to us! And yet, we still overlook him and his glory! Imagine if you took the punishment of a friend and they ignored you. I know I’d be pretty upset!
So how do we love him with all our heart, soul and strength? Well it simplifies down to this;
1.) Our heart: our inner thoughts, emotions and beliefs. How do you think of others as well as yourself? Does it match up with God’s word? Do you view yourself from other people’s eyes, basing your identity and worth on their sinful thoughts? Or do you view yourself through God’s eyes? How he calls you his beloved!
“For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.” (Ephesians 1:4)
Do you view others in the way God calls us to?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7 ESV)
2.) Our soul: our personality, self and body; the outward result of inward thought. How do you carry yourself? How do you treat yourself and others? Do your words encourage or destroy? Do they glorify God or yourself?
“for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:44-45 ESV)
3.) Our strength: Our impact on the world; how we use our wealth, and gifts to build God’s kingdom. It encompasses our family, relationships, possessions and wealth. Where do you find your identity and security? Is it in your wealth or strength, or do you view these things as areas to be stewards of God’s love?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
Take some time to think through these questions, I have struggled with all of these at some point in my life and will continue to struggle, but I have found truth and fulfillment in Christ, time and time again! And I hope to be able to shed a light on the struggles you may be walking through, and bring glory to his name.
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:5-7)