Loving God Supremely
Glorifying Him in everything we do
Moment by moment, followers of Christ are called to consider how they are to reflect the glory of Christ. This includes the attitude and motives of the heart, as well as our outward behavior.
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31)
Aiming to please Him in everyday life
We know that in eternity, our sole ambition will be to honor the One who gave us His Son. As long as God gives us today, we will choose to honor Him in everything
we think, say, and do.
"So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him." (2 Cor 5:9)
Worshipping Him as our Creator
God designed humanity to be worshippers and for Him to be the sole object of that worship. We recognize how susceptible our hearts are to worshiping false idols and will daily seek to place God as first and foremost in our affection and love.
"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Rom 12:1)
Running to Him in repentance
Although we strive to live like Christ in all that we do, we know that on this side of eternity we will not do this perfectly. We will sin. However, because of Christ's work on the cross, we can and will run to God, repent of our sin, and seek to live a holy life.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
Finding refuge only in Him
Life gets hard and will not always be what we had hoped it would be. In those moments our hearts can look for grace and hope in places where it will never be found. We will look to our God for grace, comfort, and strength in those moments where life does not make sense.
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
(2 Cor 12:9-10)
Loving God Supremely will always flow out into how we love other people. That is why Jesus so closely associated loving God with all of our inner man and loving others as ourselves. To the extent that we love God is the extent to which we will love others.
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. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt 22:37-40)