10 Ways to Love God

By Pastor Tom Anderson

How is your love-life with God? Love is nothing to take for granted. The Holy Spirit gave me a list of 10 things you can do to love God in this New Year.

1) Put first things first.

A saving relationship with Jesus Christ is more important than anything else in life. Are you passionate and relentless in pursuing a relationship with Jesus? I am amazed at the passion we Americans have for achievement in sports. The results show themselves at the Olympic games. I aspire to this kind of relentless passion to develop my relationship with Jesus!

2) Seek holiness.

Only through the Holy Spirit can I become filled with the love of God and live in obedient communion with him. But what I can do is put my eyes on the prize. I can decide to want holiness. I can learn what holiness is. It starts with knowing what the scriptures say about those three bugaboos of human life: sex, money and power. The world says it’s your body–follow your heart. The world says it’s your money–follow your heart. The world says you have power–use it to get what you want. But God says it’s not your body, I bought it. God says, it’s not your money, I made you my steward. God says power is given to serve others, not yourself. Earnestly desire and pray for God to make you holy.

3) Join a Thrive group!

Start meeting weekly with a small group of other Christians to read scripture together and encourage, challenge and pray for progress in your spiritual life with Christ. Make a commitment to grow. Make a decision to grow and you will grow.

4) Pray daily.

What kind of love relationship is it when you don’t talk or listen to the other person every day? Who would tolerate that in their spouse? Who would tolerate that in their children? Prayer is something you learn by doing, so start doing it. Open your heart to God. Open your mouth to God and open your ears to God and do it at a set time and place each day.

5) Read the Bible.

The Bible is God’s word to us. If you want to love God you should learn to hang on His every word! I love how Psalm 119 expresses it: “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.” (Ps 119:15-16)