Love for God
By Melissa Rynders
Easter Sunday has come and gone, but the reminder that we need to be constantly hearing is that we are a resurrection people each and every day. We aren’t called to love on Sundays, or on Easter, or at Christmas, or when we feel like it. We are called to celebrate the Risen Christ and offer love to the world at all times, that is what it means to be a Christian.
One of the things that we hear over and over, throughout scripture and as a people of faith, is that we are called to have Love for God. All of our actions and inactions, all of our conversations and the ways we live and move and have our being should be about how we Love God.
In Deuteronomy 6:5 we hear, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength.” This passage is quoted throughout the gospels as well, that we are called to love God with all of who we are and all of who we have been created to be.
In Joshua 22:5 we read, “Love the LORD your God. Walk in all his ways and obey his commandments. Hold on to him and serve him with all your heart and being.”
The common pattern that we see in scripture is that we are called to be a people that have a deep love for God. We are called to be a people who Love God with our whole being, who love God in everything that we do and everything that we are. We have love for God when we love ourselves and love others. We have love for God when we serve the last and the least, when we reach out to those who are cast out of society, when we love and serve as Christ does.
As we get closer to Youth 2019, we should take some time to look at our daily lives and explore the ways in which we show our Love for God. Talk with your youth group about how you might better live out God’s love in the world around you. What are ways that you can love yourself, love others, love the world in need all to show how your love for God calls you to be present and active in the world? What are ways you can show that you Love God in your daily routines? May we know, inside of our hearts, that to Love Well means that we will hold within us a deep Love for God.