And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. – Matthew 22:35-38 (emphasis added)
Our Beloved Church Family,
What do you love most?
When asked this question, where do your thoughts and your heart turn? We know the right answer, but is the right answer usually our answer? If not, does this cause discouragement? And if so, what do you do with that? Where do you go from there?
We can tend to turn away into despair. Turn to other things to give us peace, joy and rest. These things could be good things, given to us from God. But as wonderful as these things could seem, they just don’t compare to the riches found in Him. God desires our absolute love and our all-out worship. He wants us to love Him more than our stuff. Why? Because He alone is the only one worthy to be worshipped and adored as such. He alone is the only one that can give us perfect peace and joy.
As stated, we tend to know this, but how do we genuinely do this? How do we love Him and worship Him when these things at moments seem so much better and more enjoyable than Him. Seek Him. Fight daily to find your peace, rest and joy in Him. If that seems a chore, or not reasonably achieved, then realize that it is not that He isn’t enough in Himself. He is more than enough! We just need to see Him as such. This is why we meditate on the wonderful cross. This is why we preach the Gospel to ourselves constantly. The cross is where our God shows us His sovereign majesty and beauty all in one place. On the cross, God displays His perfect justice in condemning sin and rightly establishing back His order destroyed by our sin. It is where He beautifully shows His perfect love for us in being the recipient of that justice in our place.
So fight! “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) Fight to acknowledge the depths and severity of our own sin, while at the exact same time recognizing the One who stood in our place, freed us of our sin, placed upon us His perfect righteousness and bore the wrath meant for us. That is our Savior! That is who we get to worship! Remind yourselves constantly of this and let your worship freely flow out of your love and appreciation of such an amazing God who is altogether mighty and perfectly loving.
He is worthy to be worshipped! And in His kindness, He has graciously allowed us to see Him as such and enjoy Him to our fullest. What a Savior.
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. – Psalm 100
Humbly in Christ,
Eddie and Greg