March 26, 2017

Reading Plan

Devotional

Pastor Larry Stockstill

Loving the Lord your God with all your heart is the greatest commandment. It means you should love Him intimately-an action called worship. One who loves his beloved intimately is totally focused on that person, giving to him his heart, soul, and strength.

In heaven, the angels and saints spend eternity worshiping and loving God. Should it be odd for us to spend time with Him now, worshiping and loving the One who is the total focus of our lives?

The second great commandment says, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 19:18). We call this action ministry. Jesus modeled this commandment when He met the funeral procession coming out of Nain. Luke records, "When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. 'Don't cry!' he said" (Luke 7:13).

This is true ministry: loving people and their problems with all your heart, soul, and strength. Learn to make your worship to God and your ministry to people the two focal points of your life. This is love and the path to eternal joy.