Dr. Bruce Northam - Senior Pastor
What could be more noble than a mother’s love for her own child? That’s a good thing, right? Yet we must understand the place God demands in our lives. Our first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God, and the second is to love one another. (Mt. 22:37-39) We are intended to love our children, parents, siblings, and spouses wholeheartedly, but always within the context of our primary and foundational love for God. Our love for God must be our deepest love because it becomes the source for every other love. Only when we love God properly can we begin to love others properly. When we serve the god of family, we put our love and allegiance to our earthly family ahead and above our love and allegiance to our heavenly Father. The more beautiful and precious something or someone is to us, the greater the risk of becoming an idol. The challenge for us is to love and appreciate God’s gifts without worshiping them. We must learn to love the Giver more than we love the gifts.