This series focuses on the greatest commandment; to love God with everything we have and 'how' we can demonstrate our love to God and humanity.
Read Mark 12: 28-34 ....Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”
Loving God-1: The Whole Duty of Man
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength [Mark 12:30 GNB]
9 February 2019 Is to love God and your neighbour! Mark 12:30 is a summary of all the laws of God in the Old Testament. We are meant to love God with our:
Heart: 1st call - passion to worship Luke6:45
Mind: intellectual via meditating the Word of God Philippians 2:5
Strength: via works, service, good deeds.
Loving God with your strength (service or resources) without your heart is a waste of everything.
Loving God is to seek to please God in all these aspects of one’s life NB: A struggle to serve God indicates a need to re-examine your love for Him.
Loving God-3: Do You Love Jesus Above All Else?
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me (Matt 16:24).
23 February 2019 Handling self interest versus the Lord’s will Everyday choice of life could come in conflict with the Lord’s will for our lives e.g. choice of career, life partner, societal recognition like Saul to Paul, even to the basic of denying good food to get closer to God ( Fasting and Prayers). Are you prepared to deny this ‘self’ and follow God?
NB: Denying self means letting go of our personal convenience to satisfy God.
We ignorantly or unwittingly reject God’s will because of: human feelings eg Peter in Mark 16:21-23, ignorance of the Divine plan, fear of loosing close relationships or friendships, etc
‘Self will’ could be dangerous and possibly lead to destruction (Proverbs 14:12). So, learn to trust God and His plans (Jeremiah 29: 11).
Our obedience to love God is a blessing as lives are transformed and restored to the Kingdom of God and guess what? We are also rewarded by God right from this earth. Matthew 25:21