“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Familiar words? Hopefully!
Hear them again – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
For those of us who have been around the church for a while I’m guessing we will have heard those words many times.
But what do they mean? – to love God? If I asked you now if you love God – what would you say? How do you gauge something like that?
What does love for God look like – feel like – how does it show itself? What does it look like if we don’t love God? Why do we sometimes find it hard to love God?
You would think that we should we able to answer those questions fairly easily – but I’m not sure that that’s the case.
When Jesus spoke those words he had been asked by a Pharisee what the most important commandment was – Jesus says ‘its to love God with everything in you’ – and the second is like it – ‘to love your neighbour as yourself.’ The Pharisee says well done Rabbi – gives him a pat on the back!
This morning I want us to think for a while about what it means to love God – what Jesus called the most important commandment, then next week we’ll look at the second half of that command – to love one another and then the following week at LBC together we’ll be looking at another loving the world like God does. We’ll look at the other command Jesus left us with to go and make disciples of all nations and how that works out for us here at LBC.