“What one thing can I do each day to help me love God more?” I asked this question to several guest speakers during my time at ministry school. It became a very important question for me, especially because ministry school can often be filled with lots of theology and worship and serving and fellowship and other wonderful things that can sometimes accidentally squeeze out our real main ministry of actually loving God.
The answers I received were thought provoking and inspiring (not to mention rather profound at times given that I had put them on the spot!) I want to share some with you in the hopes that they will inspire you too…
“Spend the first two hours of the day quietly before Him with a pen in hand to see if He wants to say anything. Get to know His likes and dislikes and what wounds Him…” – Don Potter
“Gain a revelation of His love by spending time with Him. Let God decide how He’ll come- it takes the pressure off.” – Justin Perry
“The one thing you can do to love God more is to study Him, read as much as you can…” – Rick Joyner
“Spend time with Him in the morning, asking Him what to do, then impact others.” – Marc Nuttle
“Engage with God privately and say His word back to Him…That one thing will make a huge difference.” – Mike Bickle
“Let God search your heart daily and journal what He says until it becomes a constant walk.” – Dennis Clark
“Close your eyes and connect in the Spirit, yield to Him and sense the nuances.”- Jen Clark
“Read the parable of the Father (Luke 15:11-32) over and over until you know God as Father.” – Terry Law
“Talk to Him. Tell Him how you’re feeling, ask how He’s feeling. Go on adventures with Him. Talk about Him.” – Aliss Cresswell
And, finally, my personal favourites:
“You can only love Him to the degree that you’ve received love from Him. Position yourself to be parented by Him and love Him and others with what you receive from Him.” – Nathan Scott
“Just be YOU, who God created you to be. Don’t try to be anybody else.” – Charlie Shamp. At first, this one baffled me. How does being yourself help you to love God more? But then I got it: God made us well and He loves His creation. When we are truly who He made us to be, with no pretence or fear, then we bring Him great joy and glory.
What about you? What one thing do you do (or would you like to do) each day to help you love God more? I’d love to hear your responses!
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24).
This article was written by Karen Rosario Ingerslev, the author of the Livi Starling series, a four book series about a quirky British teenager and her journey of learning how to love the One who loved her first.