We have been created, commanded, and constituted to love God.
If our Maker is our Husband, then it follows that what is made is the wife (Isa. 54:5). Creation stemmed from a spousal impulse in God. The reason God made, was that God loved, romantically.
Our Christian life should be a testimony to this divine-human romance. If we do works of charity, tackle noble social issues, preach sound doctrine, but without loving God, we are not even up to the standard of God’s creation. The early church in Corinth and Ephesus faced this problem.
“Their immaturity was due not to deficiency in gnosis (of which they had plenty of a kind), but to deficiency in agape.”
–F. F. Bruce
Below are eight points defining what it means to love God. They come from my notes during a message on Galatians 2:20.
To love the Lord Jesus is:
1) To appreciate Him in His Person and work
2) To focus our being on Him
3) To open to Him for His dispensing
4) To enjoy Him
5) To give Him the preeminence in everything
6) To be one with Him
7) To live Him by expressing Him
8) To become Him