God knows this. He gives us commands to help us LIVE STRONG.
When a scribe asks Jesus, “‘Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'” (Mark 12.28b-30)
Before Terrell and I married, I was in a season of drawing closer to God. I prayed more frequently and committed my heart to more intimate participation in worship services. Simultaneously, I enjoyed the blissful season of being engaged. Planning the wedding, enjoying parties, blessed by loved ones’ generosity, and daydreaming about being married to Terrell.
A few months after we were married, I began to notice how much I went to Terrell first when I had a need. When he didn’t have time to talk, didn’t have a solution for my quandary, or didn’t meet my expectation I got frustrated.
First Place in my heart was my husband.
For His Sake, for our sake, for our children’s sake, God commands us to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Without intentionality, First Place in our heart is vulnerable.
He leads us to see. When I saw, I prayed this:
Jesus, I see that Terrell has become my primary focus. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I want You to have first place in my heart and everyday life. I want all other people and things to come under You.
Loving Jesus MOST, in part, is a decision.
A decision to put all other people under Him. Everyone. They are God’s; He holds them in His hands. None of them need us MOST. They need God. We are vessels and blessings in their lives, as they are in ours.
All people we love will benefit when we love Jesus MOST.
Holy Spirit of God, search our hearts. Reveal any person or thing that we have given first place in our heart’s focus. Thank You for Your patience and love. Fill us with Your grace and power to yield this place to You. Lead us to love You MOST, Jesus. Amen.