Thursday, May 23, 2013

Who do I love most?

As a Pastor my first love has to be Jesus, when I love Him as I should, my love just overflows to others, and it's genuine (Matthew 22:36-40)! If we as Pastors are going to reflect Christ to others, then we need to reflect Christ's love to others! To do that we need to be reminded, as was the Pharisees, you have to love God in a certain way.

You have to love Him with everything you have, and before everything you have. What that means, is the love you have for God has to exceed the love of family, church, and even self. When we can do this, and strive to do this, we will see greater things and our love will be overwhelming! When we love God, with all our all our heart, soul, and mind, everything around us cannot help but benefit.

That includes Pastor's. When  Pastor's give themselves to Jesus, loving Him with their all, they will give their all to everything around them, including themselves. When we as Pastor's come before the throne of grace, we need to first and foremost fall in love with God all over again. When we do this it is humility, and God loves that.

God wants to have that love relationship with everyone, and when people can see that love flowing from their Pastor, they also tend to follow suit. They tend to ask what is going on with the Pastor? The answer that needs to be given, I have fallen in love with Jesus all over again! Agape love, the love that flows from God to us, and from us to God, and to all those around us.

When we can love God like this, when we can love our families, our church, and even ourselves, we will see the power of the Holy Spirit take off like never before! When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind". This is the first and greatest commandment. "And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets."

We need to fall in love with Jesus again. A lost and dying world is searching for true love. They need to see it in us, and if not in us then who?