If you want to become a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, you must make your relationship with God your highest priority. A growing love relationship with God is central to everything else that happens in the Christian life. That’s why we were created, that’s why Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that’s why God is preparing an eternal home for us in heaven.
When Jesus was asked which is the most important commandment of all, He replied, “you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30, NLTSE).
Do you have a personal relationship with God? If not, invite Him into your life today through His Son, Jesus Christ.
If you have begun your relationship with God, would you describe it as “intimate?” Are you growing closer to Him with every passing day? Is that your desire? Has that become your highest priority?
Meditate on the following Bible passages and ask the Holy Spirit to increase your love relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 6:5, NIV
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Psalm 63:1-8, NLT
“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! I will honor you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings. I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely.”
Psalm 42:1,2, NIV
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
Psalm 143:6, NIV
“I spread out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
Psalm 27:8, NIV
“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
Psalm 130:6, NIV
“My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”
Psalm 84:2, NIV
“My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
Psalm 73:25, NIV
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”
Isaiah 26:8,9, NIV
“Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for You.”
Isaiah 55:6, NKJV
“Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.”
Jeremiah 29:13, NAS95
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Psalm 27:8, NLT
“My heart has heard You say, ‘Come and talk with Me.’ And my heart responds, ‘LORD, I am coming.’”