“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38
“I didn’t get anything done today. I was so unproductive.”
I get it. I’m a doer. I’m performance-oriented. There’s not many things that give me a satisfied feeling like checking something off my to-do list does.
But what if we asked ourselves this – Did I love God today?
If you loved God, you obeyed His first command.
Loving God doesn’t always look like a check mark on the to-do list. Loving God doesn’t look like leading at least one lost person to salvation a week. Loving God doesn’t look like adopting 10 orphans. Loving God doesn’t look like getting through the day without a breakdown or a thought, “Why am I even doing all of this?”
In the midst of those moments, those very imperfect and maybe “unproductive” days, did you turn your eyes upward? Did you thank God in the midst of your situation? During that lazy day when the dishes stayed piled in the sink, did you contemplate all that God has done for you?
Loving God in what looks seems like insignificant ways are probably the gestures that He appreciates most:
- when you choose to meditate on and remember His promises rather than what your situation is telling you to feel
- when you pause during the hustle and bustle of your day to consider and savor His saving grace and forgiveness for you
- When you stop to take a look at the roof over your head and thank Him that you’ve never been without a place to live
- When you leave your house wearing the same outfit that you’ve probably worn at least once or twice a week in this same month and thank Him that you’ve never been unclothed
Will I ever be able to love God as much as He loves me? No. Not even close. But that doesn’t mean I’ll ever fail at trying. There is no failing or unproductiveness in showing love to God with genuine, Spirit-driven affection. I’ll be as bold to say that God will never look at one of your attempts to love Him and say, “Nice try, but that’s not really a good effort. ”
He sees our half-smiles. He sees when our eyes look up to Him. He sees when we cling to a promise in His Word even though our flesh is fighting to believe it. He sees when we look to His Son, Our Savior, when we get insecure and unsure about ourselves. He sees when we put our hope and trust in Him during the “insignificant” moments – moments in our regular, unpredictable, chaotic, and messy lives.
Our Father will hold your gestures dearly. He smiles upon you. Not because He thinks you’re silly and laughs at your efforts because they will never measure up to a certain standard He expects from you. But because He loves you too.