Falling in love is a funny thing. One day, you’re walking down the road and you begin to think about this person you met that made you smile. So you decide to see him again and then again. Weeks go by and little things begin to remind you of him like his favorite song or his favorite ice cream. You get caught up in trying to do things to please him. You start to play over and over in your mind every sweet thing he ever said. By now, everything around you makes you think of him. It’s feeling more and more like love everyday.
At first, you don’t want people to know how much you’re thinking about this guy so you try not to talk about him a lot. But people notice you are different . Because of him, you’ve changed the places you go and the movies you watch. Then comments about him start to spill out of your mouth. How can they not? After all, you’re thinking about him all the time. Before long, your friends notice that you can’t make it through a lunch without bringing the guy up. Everyone knows-you’ve got it bad. You’re consumed with this guy- heart, soul and mind.
Let’s face it, loving someone until they consume you is a little frightening. Aren’t you suppose to be self reliant, self assured and self contained? If you loved someone with all your heart, soul and mind, would there be anything of you left? As overwhelming as this might seem, this is exactly the way you are to love God. Jesus says in Matthew 22:37 that you should “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” That…is an all consuming love.
Imagine your life if you were crazy in love with God. Everything around you would remind you of God. While sitting in a meeting, driving a car and shopping for groceries your mind would wander to thoughts of God. Memories of the gifts He’s given you would fill your day. You’d find yourself telling silly stories of How God made you smile or bragging about Him and the wonders He’s done.
You’d think about yourself less. When you’d make plans, His opinion would be more important than yours. When you’d face a problem, His solution would feel better than your own. When He gave you a gift, you’d spend all your time trying to give it back to Him. That’s pretty all consuming.
Maybe this is why we hold back. If we let ourselves become consumed by our love for God, I mean really heart, soul and mind, there’s no room left for self love. On one hand, loosing your self is completely frightening yet on the other hand, completely exhilarating. What if? What if you fell in love with God? I mean a crazy, silly, all consuming love that fills your everyday. Would you miss your self reliance so very much? NO WAY! Try loving God the way you’re intended to love Him. Let Him consume, you a little more every day.