Elder Moment 20151122

Love God

PECC Elder Moment – 2015-11-22

On the front of our bulletin is the following:

Our mission is to

  • love God
  • love Others and
  • make Disciples of Christ.

Part of this comes from Matthew 22:36-40:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied:  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it:  ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

That He included our heart, soul, and mind tells us that He’s looking for a real and fully engaging commitment from us.  This is not simply a “love” for a type of food or football team, but rather a deep love exceeding even that which we express toward our families.

Jesus was quoting His own words from Deuteronomy, which when read in context reveals even more:

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.  [Deuteronomy 6:5-9]

He’s not just telling us to love Him, but how:  get to know Him better through His word, and our love for Him will increase.  The more we trust and grow in love for Him, the more we’ll want to study His word.

Since the Bible is God’s Word, studying it is a way to know God.  Through His words we come to know not only the nature and attributes of God, but we also come to understand His plan for each of us.  In a larger sense, we also come to know God’s plan in history, His sovereignty, His providence, His love and more.  There is only so much we can learn about God apart from the Bible, but with it we can know God better.*

If you’re not already doing this, please set aside time each day to spend in His word and prayer.  Seek His wisdom to understand scripture better through the help of the Holy Spirit.  Ask Him to guide your prayer from His word.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”  [Matthew 7:7-8]

If unsure where to start, try looking up any (or all) of the scripture referenced above.

If you need help getting started, or understanding anything you’re reading, please check in with the Elders (our phone numbers and email address are on the back of the bulletin).