Back to It - Loving Jesus
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 14:15-23; John 15:9; 1 John 5:3; 2 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).
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?