Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:5
“Love God and do what you want,” said St. Augustine, perhaps the greatest theologian that has ever walked the face of the earth.
Augustine understood Jesus. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:5. Augustine was merely paraphrasing Jesus. When you do love God this way, you will want to do everything that God wants you to do. Loving God with the totality of your being leads to obeying Him in the same way. It’s performance out of the overflow of relationship— not the other way around. Obeying God so that He will love you is making God’s actions dependent on yours. That’s an approach that is perfectly designed to produce either pride or guilt.
Christianity is loving God with everything you’ve got—it’s a system perfectly designed to produce obedience. So go ahead: Love God and do what you want. If you really love Him, ou’ll want to do what He wants!
Do you love God with your heart, mind, soul, and strength?
Talk with some other men about areas you might be holding back on.
Pray that your love for God would lead to willingly and joyfully following His will.
Daily Reading: Ezra 1:1-2:70, 1 Corinthians
1:18-2:5, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 20:22-23