What I Read Today:

2 Corinthians 8; Mark 12; Ezekiel 26; Proverbs 19-20; 1 Kings 2

Mark 12:29-30, “28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” NIV

Think, for a minute, about Jesus’ words in Mark’s Gospel.  Loving God with our whole heart, with every fiber of our being, isn’t as simple as it sounds. 

Like any relationship, our relationship with God takes work.  It takes effort on our part.  The difficulty is that we can’t see God, and we can’t physically feel him or touch him.  Yet we know that he is there.  We have to rely on our spirit to help us to remain in contact with God. 

Keeping our relationship with God is hard work.  In our busy day, we have to carve out time for God.  We have to make prayer and bible study a priority.  Too often, we allow the world around us to get in the way of our relationship with Jesus. It’s easy to do that when the pressures of our jobs, families, and life, in general, get in the way. 

The thing about a relationship with Jesus is that Jesus promises that he will always remain close to us.  Even when we fail to do the things we need to do, Jesus says he is there walking besides us.  We may get distracted, but God will always pull us back to him. 

Building a relationship with God is tough work.  But with Jesus there to help us, and the love of the spirit within us, we can and will grow closer to God!

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