How do we love God with our whole selves? We start with respect and that means acting as though God is always present rather than God gets to come into our lives when we decide to invite God to pay attention to us.

God’s presence does not depend upon our decision. God watches us, knows what we are up to, and even knows our attitude.

God is not one of us as a peer, but the Lord. We will have to answer to God sooner or later. We are not separate from being accountable to God. The Holy Spirit works to have us keep in mind sin, righteousness, and judgment. Loving God means respecting God’s way more than our own way.

Loving God with our whole selves means expecting to conform to God and not having God come around to our way of thinking. This means that we should not feel proud and bold about our sin. It means not giving up on God completely, (sometimes we feel tired and want to give up) but continuing to love God even to the point of making the tough decisions.

God calls for us to own a future in which our painfully wounded bodies have our blood coming out of our wounds for the sake of following Jesus as our Lord. It may not come about like that, but Jesus did say, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Lk. 9:23 NIV) Loving God with a person’s whole self means having the right assessment of ourselves.

We do not have the spiritual strength to do all this without depending on God for help.  Loving God like that means we rely on the Lord God for direction, strength and perseverance.

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