Loving God

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'” – Matthew 22:37 

Within our church’s mission, there is a thread woven with intentionality—YOU. The emphasis on you, serving and using the gifts that God has given you, is not a mere coincidence. It’s part of God’s divine instructions to the church. He explicitly tells us that our role is to equip you so that your life can be maximized and make a significant difference for the Kingdom of God. 

During a retreat, someone asked, “Pastor, what’s our mission statement?” My response was a combination of the Great Commission, Acts 1:8, and Ephesians 4:12. However, as the words echoed in the room, I realized their clunkiness and lack of clarity. It was a pivotal moment that led our team to prayerfully seek a clearer articulation of our purpose. 

After hours of reflection, prayer, and discussion, we distilled our mission into three key phrases: Love God, Find Community, and Make a Difference. These phrases are more than words; they encapsulate the essence of who we are and what we are called to do as a church. 

Today, let’s focus on the foundational phrase: Loving God. It’s not just a cliché; it’s a command from Jesus Himself. In Matthew 22:37, He instructs us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. This love is not passive; it’s a wholehearted devotion that transforms our lives. 

Loving God involves more than attending services; it’s a daily pursuit of Him in every aspect of our lives. It’s about aligning our hearts, souls, and minds with His will. As we embark on this journey together, let’s intentionally seek to deepen our love for God, allowing it to permeate every facet of our existence. 

Today, make a conscious effort to deepen your love for God. Reflect on your heart, soul, and mind, and ask yourself how you can align them more closely with His will. Loving God is not a one-time event but a continuous journey that transforms your life and allows you to make a lasting impact for the Kingdom of God. 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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