Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
For the next several days I want to talk about love.
You are what you love. You become what you worship. That is why Jesus sets a stark contrast. You can’t love God and mammon (money as a substitute god). You will love one and hate the other; in this case, because they have mutually exclusive demands upon you. And they have mutually exclusive visions for who you will become. Matthew 6:19-24 is where Jesus unpacks this profound, as well as challenging, teaching.
You are what you love. Do you love fame? Do you love to be noticed? Do you love looking good? Do you love to be comfortable?
You are what you love. Do you love pleasures? Do you love to be entertained? Do you love trivial pursuits?
You are what you love. Do you love God? Do you love God most of all? Do you love God above all? If you do, you will become what you love. No, you won’t become God, but you will become like God (or more like God). You will be remade and renewed into the image and likeness of God.
God is good, true, beautiful, loving, merciful, gracious, kind, generous, forgiving, wise, faithful, holy, just, strong, tender, patient, persistent, joyful, peaceable … and the list goes on to become a very long (and inspiring) list.
That is who God is. When you love God most of all you will become what you love.
That is the dream God has for you. That is the dream we have for you. We are here to help you love the Lord your God most of all and above all. And when you love like that, in the end it turns out to be the most loving thing you could have ever done for yourself.
You are what you love. So let’s be supremely careful and highly intentional about what or WHO we love.
Loving Jesus together with you,