Jesus said to Him “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39
Jesus gave clear instructions as it relates to the priorities of a child of God. The primary focus of our lives once we come into a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ is to love God (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) with all of our heart, all of our soul and all of our might. The first commandment that God gave Moses and the children of Israel once He released them from Egyptian bondage stated “You shall have no other god before me.” Exodus 20:3. God wanted to be first in the lives of His people. He made it clear to Moses, the children of Israel and to us today that He was to be first in our hearts and first in our lives.
Many Christians believe that they are loving God and thus fulfilling this command, but fail to realize that there is a difference from knowing about God and getting to know God. To really love God, requires that you have more than knowledge about Him. Loving God begins with taking the time to become deeply acquainted with Him. Real Love for God will inspire you to get to know His nature, His character, His likes, His dislikes, His temperament and His mindset. This is the reason God created man. God created man to fellowship with Him and to get to know Him intimately. “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When you said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to you, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:7-8 (New King James) Here the Lord is inviting man to seek His face which means He is inviting him to have close and intimate fellowship with us. David responded by saying “Lord your face, Lord I will seek”. This is the type of response God desires from you today.
Knowing God personally and having a one-on-one relationship with Him is the first step in fulfilling your purpose and having victory in every area of your life. Make the decision today to become more intimate with God by seeking His face and learning more about Him. This act of love will give you more peace, joy and fulfillment than you could ever imagine.