As a new believer I often said my purpose was to know Him and make Him known. Too often my emphasis was on making Him known rather than on knowing Him…. My desire to serve God was good, but my priorities were out of order. God’s Word clearly says that the first and most important thing is this: to love God with all our being (Matthew 22:37-38). This is the first and greatest commandment. The second commandment is loving others, which includes ministry or works of service (Matthew 22:39). I had reversed these two.
It’s so important to be able to say, I am not primarily a worker for God; I am first and foremost a lover of God. This is who I am.
…When our priorities become turned around, and we place more emphasis on loving others than on loving God, we are headed for spiritual and physical exhaustion.
– Linda Dillow
All of us need to be lovers who work rather than workers who love.
– Bob Sorge
You first, God
All others –
And not just in theory
but in Truth
I love You, Lord!
I delight in You
and I find my grounding here
find my purpose here
And finding more reasons to love You
increases my delight in You
increases my awe of You
makes me want to love You more
For You loved me first
and drew me to Yourself
– Susie Stewart
O True God, You are my God, the One whom I trust.
I seek You with every fiber of my being.
In this dry and weary land with no water in sight,
my soul is dry and longs for You.
My body aches for You, for Your presence.
– Psalm 63:1 (VOICE)
I have loved you with an everlasting love—
out of faithfulness I have drawn you close.
– Jeremiah 31:3 (VOICE)
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
– Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
Come, let us worship Him. Everyone bow down;
kneel before the Eternal who made us.
-Psalm 95:6 (VOICE)
Photo by Susie Stewart