Please bear with me; I’m going to type “out-loud” for a minute.
How do you learn to love God more? How do we learn to love someone else?
Well, we spend time with them, do things with them, we go to their house and invite them to ours, we learn about them, (study them, if you will), listen to them, and are there for them. We choose to spend time with them.
OK, I think I’m on to something here. We choose to. Falling in and out of love is a feeling, it comes and goes and is not permanent. It’s infatuation. It’s being back in first grade passing notes that said, “I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no”.
Choosing to do something means we make a decision to do it. We want something to happen so we choose to work at and for it. It’s the secret to a marriage that lasts for fifty plus years. They chose to honor the commitment they made to each other and worked for it. Divorce was not an option for them.
So how does this translate to learning to love God more?
Deuteronomy 11:1(ESV)“So love God, your God; guard well his rules and regulations; obey his commandments for the rest of time.”
Psalm 143:8(ESV) “Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you. I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance.”
This is spending time with God and obeying Him.
Loving God is also an invitation. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus has the authority to invite people to Himself.
If we are too busy to spend time with God then we are focusing on things of the world and not on things of Heaven. The stuff of the world, money, house, car, and position is not going to last. Face it folks, we can’t take it with us and if we can’t take it with us, what good is it, other than to use it to further the cause of Christ?
Now, making sure that our children, family and friends get to Heaven, that will last for eternity. When we use our position and money to fed and clothe the poor and hungry, the Bible says, we are doing this for Christ. In this we are learning to not only to love Him but we are showing His Love to others. This in turn will bring others to Him and that’s how the kingdom grows.
But it all comes back to sitting down, opening the Bible and choosing to spend time with the Lord. Getting spoon-fed at church on Sunday morning isn’t enough. It can be a starting point if you take notes then come home and review the sermon for yourself. Who knows, maybe the Lord will use that to point you in a totally different direction to show you something else?
It may be something to prepare you for a future event or something that convicts you of sin that you need to confess. Maybe to show you an answer to prayer or to show you a new direction He wants you to go in or simply to show you how to praise Him in a different way?
Now, you’re getting the idea. The end result will be that you are learning to grow in your love for the Lord. You are more firmly plant your feet on the Solid Rock of Christ.
Take a word of warning, here. Learning to love God is the last thing Satan wants us to do! So don’t be surprised if you find yourself being side-tracked to other things. The dog throws up on the couch, kids start fighting, pot boils over on the stove, and the phone rings. Thank the Lord for these interruptions because Satan only fights those who are on the Lord’s side.
May God Bless you as you learn to love Him more!