Do You Love God and Does He or the World Actually See It?

February 4, 2015 at 11:34 AM 5 comments

Under one particular king, the Land was cleansed from idolatry. That's how much he loved Yahweh!

Under one particular king, the Land was cleansed from idolatry. That’s how much he loved Yahweh!

Deuteronomy 6:5 makes this statement, which is essentially a command or directive given to the children of Israel: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

Jesus echoes this sentiment several places in the New Testament, Matthew 22:37 and Mark 12:30. In Matthew 22:40, Jesus acknowledges that loving God as foremost and loving neighbors as one loves themselves is the foundation upon which all the law and prophets rest.

Yet, a great question that we need to ask ourselves – those who claim to be Christians – is this: If I am truly a Christian, would I not seek to show my love to God and my neighbors as often as possible?

What is love if it is never seen by anyone? That’s not love. It’s simply an evocative emotional wave that can come and go and does not make a good foundation.

Think about the things you say you love. It can be anything you are drawn to strongly in a favorable way. People say they love the following things (not exhaustive):

  • spouse
  • girlfriend/boyfriend
  • relatives
  • friends
  • specific foods
  • specific musical artists
  • certain movies
  • certain cars
  • geographical areas of the world

We can all attest to the fact that, to some extent, we can “love” the things in the above list. I “love” vanilla ice cream and apple pie. I “love” my wife. I “love” to hike in the mountains where I can enjoy God’s Creation. We all have things that we are strongly drawn to, in one degree or another.

Think of the things you might love, whether it’s a person, a food, a style of music, or something else. Don’t we do things based on how much we like or love something? We might go out of our way to find the best place that serves vanilla ice cream, for instance. Driving 20 or 30 miles out of our way is not a big deal because of the reward at the end of the journey.

We might do things that announce to our spouse or loved one that we really care about them. Rather than simply mouthing the words “I love you,” we like to prove our love, to show it to those who mean a great deal to us. We want them to feel valued, right?

There is nothing wrong with this, is there? We should do the things that announce to another individual how much we think about them, care about them, and love them. It’s only natural.

But what does it mean when Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us that we are to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind? How do we do that and how do we do it constantly? Compare it to our human relationships. Imagine trying to show your spouse how much you love her/him every moment of every day. You gear your life around that entire idea. Maybe to you, that sounds like fun and maybe to you, it even sounds fairly easy. I have to admit, I cannot do that. The thought of it takes the wind out of my sails, unfortunately.

Why is that? Because there is still plenty within me that wants to serve self and that is very frustrating at times. God says with every ounce of what makes us up as individuals, we should direct everything we have to God. By serving others, we are also proving to God that we love Him.

That is daunting to me. But I found someone in Scripture who took this concept and put it into action in very practical ways. We learn about him in 2 Kings 23:25. He was a king who did what was right in God’s eyes. His name was Josiah and he was one of the “good” kings because he put God first. He did things that took the ethereal concept of “love” or “commitment” and put them into practice.

2 Kings 23:25 – “Before him there was no king alike him who turned to the Lord with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.”

King Josiah did what no other king did before he came on the scene (and that includes King David). Josiah not only turned to the Lord but the people of his day saw the practical application of just exactly what that meant when a king turns to Yahweh. How did that look in Josiah’s life during his reign? Here are a few of the things Josiah did that proved his due diligence where God was concerned. Josiah did the things that proved to everyone around him (and to us today via God’s Word) that God is worth loving and this is what it looks like in a very practical way (cf. 2 Kings 23).

  • Removed all vessels from the Temple dedicated to Baal, Asherah and other gods and to burn them (v. 4) and sent ashes to Bethel
  • He removed idolatrous priests who burned incense to Baal and other false gods (v. 5)
  • Burned the Asherah pole and tossed ashes on common people’s graves (v. 6)
  • Eliminated rooms of male prostitutes from house of the Lord (v. 7)
  • Got rid of weavers’ rooms where hangings to false gods were made (v. 7)
  • Eliminated “high places” created by priests of the temple (v. 8)
  • Made it so no one could pass their child through fire of Molech (v. 10)
  • Got rid of horses that were dedicated to the sun (v. 11)
  • Josiah destroyed all the altars established to worship false gods (v. 12)
  • He reinstated the Passover

It is clear to us that Josiah was very serious about loving God and proving it. In a day and age where people routinely worshiped false gods, passed their children through the fires of Molech (a pagan deity where parents would throw their children into a fiery pit below Molech’s movable arms), removed all the “high places” and Asherah poles, got rid of false priests and restored Mosaic law, ceremony, and sacrifices to the nation of Israel. No one could accuse Josiah of saying one thing but doing another!

What about us? Do you say you love God? I do. Do you say you serve Him? I do. Do you say you love your neighbor? I do. But do my actions agree with my words? Do yours?

Folks, we are living in a world where the best thing we can do for every other person is to introduce them to Jesus and His saving grace. Do you do that? Do I do that? If there is nothing else you feel you can get right, this you can do. Evangelize the lost. Tell them about the only One who can save them from death and hell. Pray for those who hate you, use you, and discard you. Pray for those who have pitted themselves against you. Pray for those who believe they are “good,” but in reality, they need to see how terribly impotent they are in God’s eyes.

Loving God and loving others as we love ourselves is – in the end – very practical. It is seen in the Great Commission. Are you part of that? Whether you think so or not, if people know you to be a Christian, then you are part of it. Your life must prove it to them. Words will not work. Words can only teach, but our actions prove our words.

I hear many people talking about how allegedly close we are to the Rapture. If that is so, then why are they ONLY talking about prophetic events in their radio and TV messages? Where is the desire to see people saved? Where is the cry to capture souls for the Lord? Instead, they continue to talk about this seal or that one, this cow or that one, this sign or that one. If 150,000 people go into eternity every day and most of them die in their sin, what good is pointing out the latest seal, cow, or sign to them? They need to be made aware that it is their LIFE that may end at any moment and because of that, they need to be prepared to go into eternity not under their own power, but under the power of the One who came to save them. If they never hear about salvation, how will they know it exists?

Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Do this by developing a heart that cries out for the lost. God will honor that desire and begin working through you to bring others to Himself. I believe if we allow God to use us as His evangelists, everything else will fall into place.

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5 Comments

  • 1. Sherry  |  February 4, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Reblogged this on The X Mass H8rs Blog and commented:
    Two very important points to consider from reading this post:1) cleaning up our lives and churches from all paganism, like the christo-pagan/papist traditions of men “holy” days that we seem to believe is a great evangelism tool and is pleasing in God’s sight-it is not on both counts-it ia an abomination to Him, and, 2) being good and faithful witnesses to Christ Jesus so that sharing the Gospel to a willing ear will not find us disqualified in their sight. Also, on a side note, if we are privileged to have a blog, no matter the subject, we should put a page on it that explains the Gospel message and share it through social media often along with our prayers that it will be used of God for a lost soul or two who happens upon it.

    • 2. modres  |  February 5, 2015 at 7:17 AM

      Thanks for reblogging this article. You are 100% correct about having a page that explains the Gospel message. Thank you for that and I need to get one up here and on my other site. Sometimes, it’s easy to overlook what should be obvious. I’m glad you brought it to my attention.

    • 3. modres  |  February 5, 2015 at 8:46 AM

      I added another page to this blog, Sherry. When you get time, if you would read through it and let me know what you think, I would appreciate it? Is it too long? Too complicated? Just right? Let me know.

  • 4. Glen Clifton  |  February 4, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Hey brother, I’m gonna steal some of this. It’s the best of its kind I ever seen…. Thanks, Glen Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:34:31 +0000 To: glendeeclif@hotmail.com

    • 5. modres  |  February 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      Feel free!


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