Back to It - Loving Jesus

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Believing in God is important, but it isn’t enough. Our belief in and love for God needs to translate into how we live our lives (Matthew 22:34-40). If we don’t love God with all we have, we miss the whole point of what it means to be a Christian (Revelation 2:1-7). Coming back to Jesus as our first love means choosing to obey His commandments (John 14:15-23John 15:91 John 5:32 John 6). Sometimes, though, following God feels like a burden; we would rather do what we want to do. God first loved us, and our love is a response to His love — obedience, then, comes from grateful relationship (1 John 4:9-10). Allowing God to transform our pursuits, desires, priorities and thoughts changes our hearts to see His glory rather than our own (Matthew 22:37-38).

Points To Ponder

1) What does it mean to love God?
2) Do I need to come back to Jesus? What is a first step I can take to do that?
3) Do my desires, pursuits, priorities and thoughts reflect more of God or more of me?