This is it. Matthew 22:36-37 tells us the most important commandment. If you’ve decided to get serious about your relationship with God, then this commandment is the place to start. Every element of being Christlike is built on this principle. Learning to love the Lord with your heart, soul, and mind will be a continual process that lasts your whole life.
So what does it look like to love the Lord with every part of you? It means that you begin to love the way God loves, think the way God thinks, act the way God acts, and hate the things God hates. Don’t hold Back. His love for you has no limits or hesitations. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by going for it.
Don’t be disappointed if you’re not an overnight sensation. Remember, this is a process – learning to spend time with Him; giving and receiving grace; working on areas of your life that don’t look anything like God; forgiving and being forgiven; trusting; slowly, ever so wonderfully, looking more and more like the One you love. Imitation is the highest form of adoration. Be an imitator of God.
You know what it feels like to be chosen. Remember in grade school when your gym class picked teams for sports? Remember when you were chosen pretty close to the beginning? Or maybe you were the last one chosen and you remember that sting. Regardless of what happened to you then, God chose you. And He chose you first. He picked you for just one reason – He loves you. He’s crazy about you. He wants you on His team because He doesn’t want to be apart from you.
That doesn’t mean God hasn’t chosen anyone else or that he loves them any less than you. What it means is that God’s love is so powerful and so perfect, He can love you exactly the same as if you were the only person in the world. He loves you so much, He considers you His own treasure. And because of Jesus, He sees you as holy – absolutely perfect in His sight. What an awesome thing that the God who created everything and is totally perfect in every way actually considers you a perfect treasure.
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