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A Heart for God
Valentine’s Day – the one day chosen for people to show their love for one another. Ads and commercials are all about the perfect gift, card or meal for the one we love. For one day, everyone’s focus is on showing love to each other. But what about God? What about the love we show Him? Scripture admonishes us to, “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) And what about the love we should show to others. Husbands and wives anxiously await to see how their spouse will show love for them; unmarried lovebirds hope their mate shows how much in love they actually are with each other. School age children bring valentines to school in order to participate in a fun event, and sometimes with a special card for their teacher. But what they have learned about the love that God has shown for them? What lessons have they learned about the One who gave it all? “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The command given to the Israelites is the same message given to us today: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul….” (Deuteronomy 10:12) The amazing grace of love of God should compel each of. us to love Him with all our heart. And that same love should be expressed to one another, and in all that we do. When we demonstrate the love of Christ to one another, we are also being an example of the love of Christ. As employees, how do we show love to those in authority over us and to our co-workers. In the book of Colossians, (3:23-24) Paul commands us to do exactly that when he says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
How can we be certain that we are serving the Lord out of a sincere desire to serve Him? In the book of Jeremiah, he tells us that “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (17:9) However, in the next verse we see that there is Someone who knows us better than we know ourselves. “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (17:10) When we live according to the flesh, we cannot please God. Only when we surrender our lives to Him, through His Son, can we be assured of pleasing God in the things that we do. He alone knows our hearts. The Psalmist says “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11) Like the Psalmist, may we have a desire to serve the Lord with an ‘undivided heart’. May our hearts be yielded to God.
What are your Valentine’s Day plans? How will you show the love of God to someone?