I got some good responses to my previous post about being honest and something one person shared with me got me thinking. They realized at times they thought more of themselves then they thought of God, which, to a Christian, seems obviously not right. She finds herself trying to force herself to think about God but that doesn’t really last for more than a few moments. Someone else I know said once that he’s pretty sure he loves his wife a lot more than he loves Jesus. The evidence is how much he thinks of her, spends time with her and tells her “I love you” compared to how much he does this with Jesus.
Speaking of being honest…how many of us are uncomfortable admitting to anyone that at times we aren’t sure we love God very much. Of course we must define “love”. Are we talking about how we feel? Or something else?
Let’s think about marriage – our basic model of a loving relationship. A spouse will demonstrate their love by their expressions of adoration, their acts of service and sacrifice, by fulfilling promises, showing you value them through listening and paying attention to them, etc.
So how do we know how much we love God? Jesus said that if you love me you will obey my commands. How are you at obeying Jesus commands? And I’m not necessarily talking about the big 10 God gave Moses. I’m talking the hard ones like “Love God with ALL your heart ALL your soul, ALL your mind, ALL your strength”. Or “Love your neighbor as yourself”.
But that’s not what I’m writing about today. Here’s the big question:
If we DON’T feel love for God, how do we grow our desire for God?
You can’t force yourself to like something. So what do you do?
I’m going to do something different than usual here. I’m not going to answer this or give any of my own ideas. If you have any ideas, post them in the comments. If you have wondered this and have been afraid to admit it, I challenge you to share that in the comments. You can put a fake name 🙂
How can you get yourself to desire God more?