Have you ever loved anyone with all your heart? Your world revolved around the object of your love. You would do anything for them and you believed this was the "one" you would spend the rest of your life with?
To only find out that they couldn't, or wouldn't love you back? What was that like for you? It hurt didn't it? It hurt very much. That is how God feels about you.
The most important thing you can do in the world is to love God. The One who made you. The One you hope to spend all of eternity with.
If you are married or in a serious relationship right now, I would like to ask you this question and see if you can give an honest answer. It will either be a yes or a no.
Will you do anything for the object of your love? There should be little hesitation in this question. Of course, it is contingent on how deeply in love with this person you are, so the question is directed at serious lovers. Do you have an answer yet?
If you answered, "I'm not sure, it depends on the situation," you have given the wrong answer. For you, it may be a matter of convenience, or it may be something like, "If it is within the law."
Again, all of these answers are absolutely wrong and I believe you need to take a serious look at your relationship and see what you can do to improve it.
There is only one correct answer. The answer is, "Yes." You may want to know the logic behind this answer. Again, to even ask this question, you are going to need to look at your relationship again.
Here is the logic behind the only answer to this question. The answer is, "Yes," and here is why:
Number 1: Do you love the object of your love?
Answer: Obviously yes if this is a serious relationship.
Number 2: Do you trust the object of your love?
Answer: Obviously yes if this is a serious relationship. (If you don't trust the object of your love - it's the end of the question and for you the answer to the original question is, "No."
Number 3: Would the object of your love ever intentionally hurt you?
Answer: Obviously no if this is a serious relationship. (If you don't know if the object of your relationship would hurt you or not - it's the end of the question and for you the answer to the original question is, "No."
Number 4: If you trust the object of your love and believe this person would never do anything to put you in harms way; for example, the object of your love is not going to ask you to murder someone, or to rob a bank, or to kill yourself, or bankrupt you - then you have your answer. You would feel free to do anything for the object of your love because this person in turn loves you and would never be demanding nor ask you to do anything wrong.
How about the One that made you, and like a great Father who loves his or her child and wants only the very best for you. Will you do anything for God?
There is a poker game called Texas hold'em, no limit. When you have so much faith in your poker hand that you put all of your chips in the middle of the table and say, "I'm all in," you are saying that you are going all the way. Everything you have is riding on this hand. That is what God wants from you. He's waiting for you to say, "I'm all in Lord." I love you and I am now at the point that I can say, "I'm all in."
When you get to this point in your life when you can love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength - you are now able to put the Great Commandment into action. Your life will change forever. You're all in.
We are approaching Valentine's Day. People all over America will be talking about love. May you find the love you are looking for and may God's love be with you.