Devotion for January 19, 2024

“Jesus answered, ‘The most important [commandment] is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” (Mark 12:29-30)

To love God with all your heart means to love God with all of your feelings, with all of your emotions and with all your passion. Now, passion is a very hot term in our contemporary culture. People are always asking, “What’s your passion?” What they’re really asking you is, what is it that really gets your heart racing? What is it that makes you excited to get up each day? It could be a certain ideology, social cause, or politics. Perhaps it’s a passion for theater, movies, or music. Or It could be making money, physical fitness, or watching college football. You can be passionate about a lot of things, but the number one passion of your life should be your relationship with God.

Think about your relationship with God this way: When you first came to Christ, there was no problem in feeling passionate about God. You had a hunger for the Word, to be in worship, and to tell others about Christ. You were excited about it, and there was a very real passion there. But as time went by and life presented its many challenges and opportunities, it became easy for other things to take a higher priority. And if we’re more passionate about anything else than our relationship with God, then our priorities are simply out of whack.

Jesus reminds us that when you give your heart to God, you want to maintain that passion and love Him with all your heart. So, is your passion out of whack for your relationship with God?

Now that it’s a brand new year, ask God how you can prioritize your relationship with HIM in this new season!


Lord, I want to get up each day and be passionate about Your grace, mercy and love. I want the rest of my life to flow out of that, so that I always keep You first! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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