He answered, “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
When Jesus was questioned about the most important commandment, he covered the whole circumference of all Gods commands with these two commands.
Love the Lord. The Bible talks about this as a “Fear of the Lord”. Levi Lusko describes the fear of the Lord as a “reverential awe”. To look up at how big God truly is. The One Holy God who created everything we see and everything we don’t. Who does not exist in the constraints of time. Who can not be stopped. Who can snap his fingers and fix the world instantly. Every single problem you have ever faced.
Luke 12:25-26 says “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
Hold on and step back for a moment and just recognize what that verse is saying. Who can add 1 hour to their life? No one! But for God, this is a “very little thing”. That is crazy! Imagine how huge and great our God must be that this for Him is just a small little task to be accomplished? All the power that our Mighty God has. When you can step back and just recognize how amazing, how powerful, how good and strong and wonderful our God is. It will produce a fear of the Lord. It will produce a reverential awe. And the fact that we get to spend time with this God every day. He loves us, as huge as He is and as small and insignificant as we are. He loves us still! It makes you feel so honored to be able to spend time with him. It’s better than hanging out with a celebrity. This is the God who created the whole universe! And He wants to spend time with you! Wow!
Once you start realizing how amazing the Lord is and pouring yourself into loving him, the reaction will be to share the flame with your neighbors. To love your neighbors as yourself. Because the Lord loves them too and He “overflows your cup”. You shouldn’t want to let that just pour out on the ground. You will want to share it with others. To jump into community and enjoy the Lord with those you love. It fills me with so much joy to spend time with my kids, with my family, my friends, my church, my community. To love the Lord with the people I love. To enjoy their presence. Making Christmas cookies, going trick or treating with the kids, taking a hike with a church small group, calling up a friend to see how their day is going, riding in the car with your mom through the McDonalds drive thru. Yes, when you love the Lord, it just naturally pours out of you into the people that you love. And it fills you with such joy and peace.