There are about three major 'secrets' I know to enable us to be the Christian man or woman that God wants - and hopefully that you want too. I've mentioned just one of these: obedience. It's essential that I obey God, doing what He tells me to in His Word (since Jesus came to earth that means obeying God's New Covenant commands He's set forth in the New Testament).
Okay, but where to start? Or to put it another way what's the most important thing to obey? Well, do you think that love is tops in God's sight? I do. His love for US; our LOVE RESPONSE to Him. So Jesus came, and He took the TEN Commandments from the Old Covenant and re-spoke them to us as TWO commands for us today: Love God; and love everyone.
And how did He say that am I to love God?
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
Love Him with my heart, soul, mind and strength. Wow. And notice the "ALL" each time!! BUT... the $64,000 question is: can I do this? As a young Christian I gotta admit to you that every time I came to this command I simply said to myself, "Well obviously I can't do THAT!" and skipped on past. Every time! *sad*
But now I don't. Cos I now truly love Him with ALL of my heart, soul, mind and strength. But someone may want to say, "Hey, aren't you saying you love Him perfectly? I don't know if i can accept that." I agree. All I know is that I just CANNOT love Him any more than I do right now! He's got all my heart, and all of me... Whether that's imperfect, perfect or what only He knows.
But here's something. Every day my beloved wife and I say to each other, "I love you!" (a) cos we DO! - and (b) cos we know how crucially IMPORTANT it is to do this. Also at some time every year, or times, I tell her that I love her totally - that I can't possibly love her any more than I do. But... a year later, guess what? EVERY TIME, I LOVE HER MORE THAN I DID PREVIOUSLY! So in effect loving her perfectly has got... hmm... somehow or other even more perfect!! For me, loving God is something like that.
Alrighty, in order to start being OBEDIENT and loving God, we better ask the question:"How do we get to love someone MORE?" Answer: by getting to know them better. And how do we do that? By spending TIME with them, TALKING with them, and by LEARNING more about them! (I imagine I don't need to spell that out any more clearly.)
So how's about we seriously get started on obeying this command? I personally reckon we should. What do you think?
- BM and his Lady