“We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
If you have gone to church or been a part of the Christian faith for any amount of time you know that the greatest commandment is, “To love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.” This is the commandment on which all of scripture rests. Don’t just take my word for it… this is from the mouth of Jesus himself (Matt 22:36-38).
To love God with all of us is the essence of our creation and our existence on this planet. But WOW is this hard to do.
- We are so easily swayed.
- Our heads our quickly turned by the shiny, fabulous counterfeits.
- We search everywhere to fill those holes inside of us – seeking out the comfortable places, and comfort things (status, money, stuff).
- We neglect God.
It couldn’t possibly be that the answer to all of our hearts’ wanderings, all our confusion, all our grief, all that pain we face can be answered in sticking to that one essential? Is it really true that the foundation of life is simply to LOVE GOD with all of you?
It has to be more complicated than that.
Why do we need our lives to be more complicated than this?
Remember the Giants
I was recently reading a biography about George Muller. He was a man of great faith. A prayer warrior who sought the face of God in all things trusting that what he asked would be answered. He never once sought money or things from others even when his ministry to orphans was in dire need. Instead he got on his knees and faithfully asked God to provide. This was a man who desperately loved God. And God did not disappoint. He, who is faithful, abundantly and sometimes at the last minute provided for all that Mr. Muller needed to do the work that he had been given to do.
And that love manifested itself by how he lived (1 John 3:18).
His unwavering trust,
his prevailing prayers,
and how he was so willing to share the gospel,
all of these point to a spiritual giant that knew what it was to love God with all of himself.
One of the life secrets of Mr. Muller: “Without unduly counting the cost, he followed every leading of God.”
No matter what God placed before George he obeyed, he loved.
However most days we struggle with grasping the basics: love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
“Love God. We have heard the words so often that we no longer hear them. They are too loud to hear, too big to take in. We know the words so much by heart that we scarcely know them any longer as words spoken to the heart out of a mystery beyond all knowing. We take the words so much for granted that we hardly stop to wonder where they are seeking to take us.
Above all else, the words say, you shall love - not first your neighbor as yourself, because that is second and comes later. On the contrary, it is God you shall love first before you love anything else, and you shall love him with all that you are and all that you have it in you to become – whatever that means, whatever that involves. The words don’t explain.They just proclaim and command” (Frederick Buechner).
Warriors of the Christian faith like Mr. Muller should give us hope, but often they leave us feeling as though they are something we could never be. Perhpas they live a life you do not understand. These humble souls and stories are meant to point us towards the God they loved. Their faithfulness and love should give us hope when we don’t think we can love God with all of us:
- When you stumble and flail
- When you flake out, bow out
- When you take a break, need a break
- When you can’t handle the pressure
- When you are far from faithful
It is stories like the life of George Muller that remind me of the God who was and is and is to come. He is faithful. He is trustworthy even when we are not. He never leaves us or forsakes us even when the people around us are terribly disappointing.
He can use any person for His purposes… we are simply commanded to LOVE Him. George was not super human. He was a man who loved God and obeyed Him. He delighted in knowing Jesus.
God didn’t create us, taking all that time to form us in our mother’s wombs just to step back and away from our lives allowing us to flounder in this world on our own.
God is intimately invested in every single detail of me… of you (Psalm 139).
I pray that I am not lured away from the simple purity of my love for Christ.
I just want to love him with all of me.
I pray I am not intimidated by these spiritual giants, but inspired by their stories and lives.
I want to major in the basics of love, prayer, and obedience.
No matter where I step, where I go, or how He leads – I simply want to love him.