We are created by God to be in relationship with Him and to know Him intimately.
We all have different talents and abilities, and a specific calling given to us by our heavenly Father. But the greatest thing we can ever do is to have relationship with Him. That is to know and love Him, because He first loved us.
Jesus said it this way, “And Jesus replied 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 first and greatest commandment,’” Matthew 22:37-38 (NASB)
When He said to love God with all of our heart, soul and mind, Jesus is being repetitive to make a point. Our heart and our mind make up our soul. The reason He said it that way was to emphasize the importance of loving God with everything that we have.
This is the reason that a hardened heart is so crippling to our relationship with God.
It’s incapable of loving Him with everything, because it isn’t set on Him.
When our hearts are insensitive toward God we’ll look everywhere else for the peace and contentment that only He can give.
It will hinder us from knowing and loving God. Worse than that, it will hold us back from experiencing God’s love for us.
Our hearts become hardened because we believe that God’s love for us is conditional.
We think that it’s like man’s love and is based on our good or bad actions. This couldn’t be further from the truth. However, we accept it as truth because the idea of unconditional love is difficult for our minds to grasp.
But, if we’re ever going to love God with all of our hearts, we must first receive His love by faith.
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins,” 1 John 4:10 (NLT)
Receiving His love will break down the walls we’ve built around our hearts. His unconditional love will show us that we don’t need to look anywhere else for peace or contentment. Because we can always find peace and contentment in Him.
We’ll fulfill our purpose of loving Him with all of our hearts when we believe that He first loved us.