It’s more important to love God today than tomorrow.

“’Well said, teacher,’ the man replied. ’You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” –Mark 12:32-33

Yesterday I identified, more clearly than before, my own personal tendency to love God more with my future plans than with my current life. I realized that I am more in love with God in my dreams than when I am awake.

I have often found myself occupied with determining the most powerful way I can serve God in the future—how I could plant churches or start programs or give my life for people—but alarmingly unconcerned about the implications of loving God today. It makes me think of the parable of the sower in Mark 4: “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Who knew the “other things” could include plans for future service?

So right now, I’m trying to change my perspective. Instead of worrying about how my convictions right now should shape my future life, I’ll be thinking and praying about how my convictions right now should shape my life right now. I’ll still look to the future to prepare for things—I still love to dream—but I’m going to try to love God right now, first.

  • Vim

    This is a deep concept. I’ve actually been talking to a friend of mine lately about how God equips us for the DAY from His word – and how we need for be present daily because often He provides us with our daily bread (His daily spiritual sustenance), not a big feast for energy into the future. Ok, I need a period – that was a long sentence 🙂 Anyway, we’re both trying to be more aware and present of the ways in which God is working in our lives daily, not just looking to the future. I like your post about focusing on Gods love daily – I relate. I think I am more in love with future ideas of grand ministry, versus what He’s blessing me with right here and right now – which is a deep relationship with Him, and the building of my faith/total reliance on Him!

    • So true, Vim! 🙂 Spiritual nourishment doesn’t last forever. You’ve got to keep taking new doses, just like eating. That food is for today, not next week or next year.