“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Mark 12:30 NIV
How much does God love you?
In London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral is a life-sized marble statue of Christ writhing in anguish on the cross. The statue is inscribed, “This is how God loved the world!”
How much do you love God?
When we love God in response to His love for us, everything changes. What and how you give back to Him are only partial expressions of your love. You also love Him in your service, in your worship, in your dedication, in your obedience, in your relationships — in everything. If your love for Him is not evident in everything you do, then you are not totally surrendered. Your white flag isn’t completely raised!
We are told, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV). When we grasp the dimension of His love, we are so overwhelmed that everything we are and everything we have becomes His.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NIV
In the presence of such great love, we can’t help being touched and overwhelmed. Truly, the love of Christ constrains us to give Him our very best and to be our very best.
Perhaps Max Lucado, the famous author of our time, stated it best: “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.”
Our Father is never content with leftovers, for throughout Scripture, we find the Father asking for the first and the best, for total surrender in response to His love. He demands no less today!