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::Devotional:: ‘The Lord Expects Our Love’

July 30, 2010

I love you.  I wonder how many times and in how many languages that phrase has been used?  It has to be one of the most frequently used phrases of mankind don’t you think?  Love is such a simple word yet it carries the weight of all creation behind it.  It is love that motivated Jesus to leave his throne to be born in a manger and love that motivated him to hold himself on the old rugged cross of our sins.  The Lord loves us and expects us to love him.

All throughout scripture, God’s love is proclaimed for us through his words and actions.  I believe that’s also how our love is to be proclaimed for him.  Words and actions.

5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  Deuteronomy 6:5

I’ve always found it interesting when someone poses the question, “do you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength?”   Could anyone truthfully answer yes to that question?  I believe there’s always room for improvement.

Improvements always start with assessments.  Finding out where we stand now will help us set our goals for improvement.  This morning I want to pose four simple questions for assessment.

Question 1 – Do you love the Lord?

Most Christians are going to answer yes to this question.  Some may honestly answer “I’m not sure.”

Questions 2 – Do you spend time with the Lord?

Again many Christians are going to answer yes to this question.  What if we changed the question to “Do you spend time with the Lord outside of church?”  Still yes?

Question 3 – Do you communicate with the Lord?

Communication is a two-way street.  One lane listens and one lane speaks.  Most of us probably are more prone to speak than we are to listen don’t you think?  Through prayer we can speak to the Lord and lift up our cares and concerns to him.  Through the study of God’s word, reading the Bible with purpose, we can listen to the Lord speak.  How is your communication with the Lord?

Question 4 – Are you committed to the Lord?

In the first post of this series, “What does the Lord expect from us“, we discussed this type of commitment.  If you haven’t read it, please take a few minutes and visit it and evaluate your commitment.

As with any relationship, we will experience our hot and cold moments even with the Lord.  Our emotions play a big factor in this, especially our pride.  Now that we have assessed our situation it’s time to make the improvements we need.

Remember, the Lord is never far away.  James 4:8 reminds us that if we will come near to God he will come near to us.  Sometimes we’ve got to humble ourselves and confess our sins as we come to him, but he is there nonetheless.  He loves you and expects your love in return.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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