Augustine once said, “Love God and do what you want”…
If we truly love God, with all our heart and soul and mind and strength, then nothing else matters and everything we do will be exactly what God desires.
The precise quote from Augustine goes like this:
“Love God and do whatever you please: for the soul trained in love to God will do nothing to offend the One who is Beloved.”
So the question is, do you truly love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?
There are two categories of people in the world, who say they are Christian.
For some Jesus is the center most important part of their life, He is like the hub of the wheel, around which everything in their life revolves.
For others He’s nothing more the than a spoke in wheel, that’s no more than an accessory; and their lives will roll along just fine without Him.
This latter group knows God in name only, but they don’t have a relationship with Him.
Listen to these words of Jesus and you decide which group you might be in?
J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)
24-26 Then Jesus said to his disciples,
“If anyone wants to follow in my footsteps he must give up all right to himself, take up his cross and follow me.
For the man who wants to save his life will lose it; but the man who loses his life for my sake will find it.
For what good is it for a man to gain the whole world at the price of his own soul? What could a man offer to buy back his soul once he had lost it?
Monday, December 21
The Winning Walk
DO YOU REALLY LOVE GOD?
St. Augustine asked his followers if they really loved God.
“Do you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?” he asked.
Then he told a story as a way to discover the answer.
Suppose God came to a man and said, “The world and all that is in it is yours.
I will give you perfect health. Whatever your heart desires is yours.
I will even do away with sin and death and enable you to live forever.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it? The whole world at your disposal-no sin, eternal life? Too good, perhaps.
“There is only one thing you will not have,” God would say in this imaginary exchange. “You will never see My face. The choice is yours. I will respect your wish.”
Augustine said if there were a quiver in a person’s heart at the words “you will never see My face,” it is quite possible that he might really love God.
If a man decided to turn away from all that the world could offer for the joy of seeing God’s face, his love might be true.
Sounds like a pretty good test to me!
The only satisfaction to be found in this life is found in the love of God.
We can choose Him through His Son Jesus Christ and know Him as we are known.
Only then does satisfaction come-but then, it comes from everywhere.
Because when the soul is satisfied, all the other things in life may be enjoyed for what they are: gifts from a God who is unchanging and good, and whose love endures forever.
You shall love the Lord Your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
A word of caution to the wise, who have ears to hear, who have not yet made their peace with God, this may very well be your last call to enter into this Grand Adventure.
So don’t put this decision off another day, for tomorrow is promised to no man.
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!
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