I was talking to a friend of mine last week, telling her I was speaking at my church the following Saturday, hoping that maybe she would be interested enough to come and participate with us. She asked what would the message be about. I told her it would be a four-day conference which would be about true love, and that first night I would be speaking about our love for God.
Not going to lie, she was pretty interested, but she had a comment to make about us "Christians". She turned to me and said, “One thing I cannot stand is that all Christians want to show 'how much they love God' and 'how holy they are on their Facebook pages', which in my opinion I think it is pretty easy to do. I don’t see them living the lives that their Facebook tend to tell the world they are living.”
I have to be honest with you, and I couldn’t agree more with what she was saying, but I didn’t want her to think that all Christians are the same. I told her that there are some people who share their faith on social media that also live what they preach. To think Christians still fake their Christian lives with social media statuses, it is pretty sad actually...
According to Jesus in Mark 12:28-30, our love for God should be with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Loving God is more than sharing something you probably only read the title on your social media.
To love God with all your heart is to keep you heart (Proverbs 4:23). To love God with all your heart is to let it be transformed by God (Ezekiel 11:19-20). Our hearts reflect who we are (Proverbs 27:19).
To love God with all our soul is to make everything we are show our love for God. Soul in this passage of Mark means all-encompassing devotion. To love God with all our soul is to do everything for the His glory (1 Corinthians 10:30).
To love God with all our mind is to understand that we don’t know it all (Proverbs 3:5-7). Listen to God! To love God with all our mind is to get wisdom and understanding. To love God with all our mind is to not let the word of God out of our minds (Joshua 1:8).
To love God with all our strength is to love God with what we have available to us. Strength in the Greek translates into power and in the Aramaic, wealth. So we have to love God with our material possessions, our finances and any other resources. To love God with all our strength is to serve God and serve people. (Matthew 5:19 / Hebrews 13:16)
We were made to love and glorify God, and John Piper says it perfectly in one of his books:
Loving and glorifying God is way more than words or a social media status; it's a lifestyle.