How important is God to you? Jesus said that if we love anything or anyone more than Him, we aren’t worthy of Him, (Matthew chapter 10).
Sometimes spiritual things are difficult to understand so let’s bring this issue down to something more easily relatable such as a comparison to your spouse and children. If a man loved his work more than his wife, would she know it? Yes. Towards her, he would be distant and would only ever talk about his work. He would rarely listen and would seldom be interested in anything she had to say.
A person who places work as a priority greater than God treats God the same way. God wants to have a relationship with you. He constantly loves you and wants you to love Him as well. But the person who gives all their attention to work while ignoring God is one who does not love God. That same person will not make it into heaven because only those who love God do.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “`Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. (Matthew 22:36-38)
If anyone does not love the Lord – a curse be on him. Come, O Lord! (1 Corinthians 16:22)
And what about your hobbies and other pursuits? I once worked in a bowling alley. On league nights it never ceased to amaze me that some of the bowlers were extraordinarily passionate about the game, as though knocking down ‘sticks’ with a ball was the most important thing in the whole world.
What about golfing? Where would you rather spend your Sunday morning, on the golf course or at church? If you answered ‘the golf course’, is it because golfing is more enjoyable to you than church? If so, perhaps the reason is a lack of love for God, (although I recognize that it may be the need to switch to a different church.)
The point being, can you look at yourself introspectively and critique your own priorities? Are you able to honestly evaluate your motivations without feeling threatened by the very conclusion you may come to?
A wise person once told me that no harm would ever come to me for merely considering a different point of view. We are free to think and those thoughts won’t harm us.
So again, I ask, how important is God to you?
Photo credit: flickr Creative Commons, Love by Bryan Brenneman