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“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind . . .”

–Luke 10:27–

Do I love Him?  I would quickly say, “Yes” but then I read,

“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; . . .He who does not love Me does not keep My words; . . .”

–John 14:23a, 24a

Obedience to His word is an indication of my love for Him.  This isn’t the legalistic, rule-keeping obedience but obedience because I can’t help it!  Obedience because my heart, soul, mind, and strength are involved in loving Him.  If my life shows up attitudes and actions that are contrary to His word then Jesus clearly says that I don’t love Him.  There is some area in my heart that isn’t His; isn’t devoted to loving Him and it shows.

What we love is always exposed.  Just be around anyone long enough and it will come through.  Everyone might see it – except me.  If I’m the one that isn’t loving God I’m also the one who is involved in some pretty amazing self-delusion and justification for my lack of obedience and love.  And I can do a great job of justifying my sin/lack of love.  All kinds of mental gymnastics to rationalize it.  All for who/what else we love.

Ask yourself the question, “What do I love?” and “Who do I love?”  Really.  Now be humble and honest enough with yourself to answer truthfully.  If you really want to get serious about this ask God to show you what/who you love.  Be ready though because He will answer and you will probably be shocked.  Then simply say, “Yes.”  Yes, Lord, You’re right, now help me to walk in Your ways and not mine.

That’s all.  No one needs a theological degree to have relationship with God.  Deep and sustaining relationship.  We just need spiritual integrity to see ourselves as we really are and agree with God when He sends His light.  “Yes, Lord, I see that area where I don’t love you.”    Now go and walk in His ways.