Deuteronomy 10:12 – And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul…
We spend time with or expend effort on someone for one of two reasons: duty or devotion.
To serve as a duty may be a noble virtue in many careers and causes, but it is a cheap substitute for devotional adoration of our loving Lord. Without love, serving God can easily devolve into servitude, a burdensome obligation that leads to weariness. The Lord lavishes us with his immeasurable love! When you live in adoration of Jesus’ love then there will be nothing beyond the scope of your willingness to do for God’s glory. His commands are not grievous when you love him (1 John 5:2-3).
The passage today soars with grand visions of God, recollections of his goodness, and motivations for devotion. Replete with grandeur, Moses recorded that we should love God because (1) he is great (10:14, 17), (2) he first loved us (10:15, see also 1 John 4:19), (3) his goodness extends to all people (10:18), (4) he is worthy of utmost praise (10:21), (5) he has redeemed, restored, and replenished our lives. Moreover, he gives us commands that will result in more goodness for us as we obey him (10:13, 16, 19-20).
Jesus simply stated, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). His gracious love continues to pour into our lives, drawing us closer to him and enabling us to see him more clearly (John 14:21-23).
Loving Jesus makes his will a delight to fulfill. Loving Jesus makes pleasing God the desire of our heart. Loving Jesus makes a devoted life joyful to obtain.
Why do you spend time with God?
Why do you expend effort to serve him?
If you do so out of a mere sense of duty then you are doing a disservice both to yourself and to the Lord. If you are serving from a heart of devotion then you will find immense joy as you live to experience the love of God.