This is part 2 of the note “Loving Overview.” My plan is to write about 3 more notes in this series.
In the Bible, there are several verses that every good Israelite memorized. It is the first few verses of Deuteronomy 6, commonly referred to as the Schema (schema is the Hebrew word for hear, which is the first word in Deuteronomy 6:4).
Go ahead and read Deuteronomy 6:1-9 in your Bible now.
A phrase I red within the last year said that as believers we should strive to “love God completely, love ourselves correctly, and love others compassionately.” The first part of the phrase, loving God completely, is based primarily on Deuteronomy 6:5. This verse commands us to love God with everything we’ve got. The texts gives us several reasons to singularly be devoted to the One True God and go “all in” in our relationship with him.
Deuteronomy 6:2 tells us to love God completely so that us, our kids, and our grandkids may fear God our entire lives. A second implied reason is because loving God completely leads us to obey him willingly (the text reads, “by keeping all his decrees and commands” in the NIV). Our love for God leads us to obey him. The third reason given is that we may enjoy long life. God in his love for us, is looking out for us and our best interests. When we start to doubt God and this premise we are dangerously close to being like Adam and Eve standing in the garden contemplating whether we should listen to God or not. A fourth practical reason from the text is, “that it may go well with you” (Deuteronomy 6:3). This idea is a summary of the preceding three.
So, let me ask you, what does loving God completely look like in your everyday life?
What should we do when we realize we have been loving something more than we love God?
What would it look like, if many Christ-followers banded together to endeavor and strive to love God with everything they’ve got?
I’d love to find out. I think, if you believe God’s word and seek to live it out with the Holy Spirit’s help, that a group of people like that could be compelling evidence for God and His work. I think they could wake people up to God. And I’m inclined to believe that others those Christ-followers know would come to know Jesus.
It also makes sense to love Jesus with everything we’ve got since he loved us with everything he had.
Why not pray and live in a way that shows others we love God with everything we’ve got?