And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. – Deuteronomy 6:5


Loving the Lord your God with all your heart is the greatest commandment. It means you should love Him intimately—an action called worship. One who loves his beloved intimately is totally focused on that person, giving to him his heart, soul, and strength.

In heaven, the angels and saints spend eternity worshiping and loving God. Should it be odd for us to spend time with Him now, worshiping and loving the One who is the total focus of our lives?

The second great commandment says, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). We call this action ministry. Jesus modeled this commandment when He met the funeral procession coming out of Nain. Luke records, “When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. ‘Don’t cry!’ he said” (Luke 7:13).

This is true ministry: loving people and their problems with all your heart, soul, and strength. Learn to make your worship to God and your ministry to people the two focal points of your life. This is love and the path to eternal joy.


And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. – Deuteronomy 6:5




And the Lord spoke to you from the fire. You heard his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice. – Deuteronomy 4:12

God is different from all other supposed gods in that He is invisible and His Word is His power. The idols of the earth are just senseless, speechless gods “that neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell” (v. 28). By contrast, our God is a “devouring fire, a jealous God” (v. 24). How important it is then for us to hear and heed His voice!

The centurion in the New Testament recognized the power of Jesus’ voice: “Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed” (Luke 7:7). Our faith, too, rests in the voice of our invisible God. When God speaks, it is with the voice of absolute authority. His Word contains the power of His ability!

Why do we look for tokens and trinkets of religion when we have His Word? Whether thundering and booming from Sinai or softly spoken from the pages of our Bible, His Word is the same. “The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it” (Psalm 68:11 NIV).

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