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Love God Supremely

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 

The Lord’s command here is broad in scope, for I am to love Him completely in every area of my life, including what I think, feel and do, yet practically I find myself challenged on a moment by moment basis to do it! As soon as I think I have come to the place where I love God supremely, someone or something comes along to compete for my attention and affection. 

I remember attending my son’s basketball practice at the High School, and the cheerleaders were practicing their dance routines in the gym next door, and the girls had to pass through the boy’s gym to get to their gym. 

Now, things were going fine for the boys in practice until the girls all walked by. Suddenly distracted by the girls in their uniforms, the boys fell apart. They couldn’t have hit a basket even if the coach had set a ladder up under the hoop and asked them to just drop it in!

How did the coach gain the team’s attention again? By getting them to focus on the game! Where is your focus today? If I were to ask you to rate your love for God, meaning do you love Him supremely with everything you think, feel and do, how would you answer?

In Song of Solomon 2:10-12, the king said to His bride: “Come away with Me,  the rain has stopped, the birds are singing, and I want to hear your voice, I long to see your face.“ Unfortunately, the bride was too distracted with other things to open her door for Him, so He stood alone outside! 

Just like the bridegroom, Jesus is seeking you, knocking on the door of your heart each morning, but sometimes we say “Lord, I know you are calling me away with you this morning to seek you, but I’ll just get with you a little later Lord, you go ahead and skip on to the next person Lord, I’m sleeping in.” 

There’s really no room for laziness in our relationship with the Lord. Early in the morning He says: “I long to hear your voice; I want to see your face", but watch out for the little foxes, those subtle little distractions that hinder our love. 

“Jesus we pray for an undivided heart of love for You. Teach us to be faithful to love you with all of our heart, soul and strength. In Your name, Amen.”

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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