What does God really want from us?

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

Deuteronomy 6:5


We have a bible filled with the Lord’s commands, kingdom principles, and specific instructions for godly living.  This job description can be daunting, but it’s a good thing that God summarized His laws in a single verse: each of us is to love God with all of our heart, all our soul and all our might.  God wants far more than external conformity to His laws.  He seeks enthusiastic obedience as a response of love for Him, not obedience stemming from a sense of duty or obligation. He wants a real, heart-felt love relationship with each of us.


So, as God’s child, flee from anything that draws you away from loving your heavenly father.  Beware if your heart is comfortable with sin – and remember that the closer you are to God, the more detestable sin will be.  Put yourself in places where you can know God better, because to know Him is to love Him. Actively pursue and cultivate a love-bond with our heavenly father. I am chasing after Him.  I am working on my relationship with Him.  I obey Him because I love Him. I want to do right because He is right.


Finally, realize that a love relationship with God truly is His desire for your life. Obedience to His laws is simply a gauge of your love; obedience is not God’s ultimate goal for you.  He wants your heart, not obligatory submission.  God is after your heart – not your adherence to rules and regulations.  When we give gifts and offerings and obey rules and commands – it’s because we love Him, and we want so desperately to please Him. He wants you to enjoy your time with Him.  He wants you to love Him.  So, what does God really want from us? All of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our might.