Loving God the Top Priority in Your Church?

Priority to Love GodJesus said,

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.”  (Matt. 22:37-38)

If loving God with the whole of our being is the greatest commandment, then the greatest purpose we can have as a church is to love God and help others learn to love Him.

Ways to show love to God:

1)  Worship Him.

Let God know how much we adore Him.  Make the worship service truly about Him.  Praise Him throughout the week.  (Rom. 12:1)

2)  Communicate with Him.

Let God know how much we trust Him.  Incorporate prayer into all we do from planning to preparation to presentation.  Pray continually.  (1 Thess. 5:17)

3)  Learn about Him.

Let God know how much we want to know Him.  Study His Word and present an adequate picture of Him to others as communicated in His Word. (2 Tim. 2:15)

4)  Obey Him.

Let God know how much we revere Him.  Line up with His ways and purposes.  Listen to Him.  (1 Jn. 5:3)

5)  Give Him our best.

Let God know how much we value Him.  Put in the time and effort into ministry He deserves.  (1 Cor. 10:31)

6)  Care about what matters to Him.

Let God know how much we identify with Him.  Tap into the heart of God.  Love as He loves.  (1 Jn. 4:19-21)

4 Replies to “Loving God the Top Priority in Your Church?”

    • Hi Jeff! Acts 2:42-47 does describe the early church as devoted to certain activities – teaching (nurture), fellowship, worship, benevolence (serving), and prayer. “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (v. 47) so we can add evangelism as a by-product of being the church God intended. If we include evangelism, six practices are actually described in these verses.

      I see these practices as strategies to fulfill our purpose in life. What greater purpose can we have than to fulfill what Jesus laid out as the greatest commandments: 1) Love God with your whole being. 2) Love others. (Matt. 22:37-40) Jesus said, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Aren’t worship, nurture (getting to know Him),and prayer ways of loving God? Aren’t fellowship, benevolence (serving), and evangelism (outreach) ways of loving people? There are other ways to show love to God and people, some of which are suggested in this post and the next post. These strategies are not the end, according to Jesus. He puts love at the top. These practices are very important, important enough for the early church to be devoted to them, but they are merely sub-points.

        • Sure thing, Jeff. The way I look at it is that if, as a result of that book, more people are engaging in what it lists as our 5 “purposes,” then more people will be loving God and people, unless those 5 “purposes” become merely a routine, or thing to do, in their lives.

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