“Jesus answered, ‘The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” – Mark 12:29-30
To love God with all your heart means to love God with all of your feelings, with all of your emotions and with all your passion. Now, passion is a very hot term in our contemporary culture. When people ask about your passion, what they’re really asking you is what gets your juices flowing? It could be a certain ideology, social cause, or politics. Perhaps it’s going to the theatre, movies, or concerts. It could also be financial success, physical fitness, or college football. But what about your relationship with God? Can you be passionate about getting to know God?
Yes. In fact, your life’s number one passion should be your relationship with God. Think about it this way: when you first gave your life to Christ in faith, you had a hunger to learn and to read God’s Word, to be in worship, and to share with others how your life had changed. You were excited about it; there was a very real passion there! But over time, as life presented its many challenges and opportunities, it became easy for other things to become a higher priority.
If we’re more passionate about anything else than our relationship with God, then our priorities are simply out of whack. Jesus reminds us that when you give your heart to God, you want to maintain that passion through loving Him with your whole heart — feelings, emotions, and passions.
What can you do today to prioritize loving God with all your heart?