Do you love God? I believe that most born-again Christians would answer "yes" to this question. However, I wonder how many really know what it means to love God. This topic is near to my heart and one that I feel "called" to help people understand and apply, even though I haven't figured out quite how I'm supposed to affect my world on a grand scale. I suppose I'll just let God figure that one out. Getting back to my opening question, I must ask another that is essentially the same. Do you love God's Word?
We can't love one without loving the other. We can't spend time with one without spending time with the other.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. - John 1:1
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. - John 1:14
And Jesus answered him saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. - Luke 4:4
I am that bread of life. - John 6:48
If Jesus is the Word, the Word is God, and Jesus is God, doesn't it make sense that to love God we must also love His Word? After all, how do you begin to love someone if you don't even know them? I think that in our churches today we have too many people that are in love with the warm and fuzzy feelings they get when they hear a heart-rending story or a beautiful worship song in their church services. While this is good, is it really true worship for a person who has not taken the time to get to know their God?
God wants us to know Him and in this His heart smiles.
Thus says the Lord, "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, " says the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NKJV)
God delights in us getting to know Him. I believe that He wants this from us more than anything else. The greatest commandment is "to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37 NKJV). Now ask yourself again this question: "Can I love God without loving His Word?". God wants us to fall in love with His word so all of the rest of His commandments to us will fall right into place as a result of its life-changing power in our lives. Do you have it? Is your church encouraging you to get to know the bible...all of it? When was the last time you walked out of your church service convinced that you needed to change your life in some way? That is the power I'm speaking of. God's Word has it. As the Gatorade commercial says: "Is it in you?" If it is, then we can say that we love God.