Jesus says that we should love God with every part of our being. That we should love him constantly with everything we have. Now that is a pretty big idea. What does that mean to love someone that much?
Mark 12:30 NLT
“And you must love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
Mary Magdalene was a follower of Jesus Christ. She didn’t just follow his teachings, she loved him. She was there at the foot of the cross when he died, and she was the first person to witness him after the resurrection. She was there because being near him was her passion. She was the first because she immediately went to His tomb after the Sabbath ended. As soon as the sun rose she was there at the tomb to care for his body. Her first thoughts were on her Lord and savior.
John 19:25 NLT
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Matthew 28:1 NLT
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
Mark 16:9 NLT
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons.
Then there is the story of the woman that came to Christ and poured a valuable bottle of perfume over his hair. Then she knelt down and washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. The perfume was expensive and some considered it a waste of money. Not a waste, but a testimony of how much she loved her savior who had forgiven her many sins.
Luke 7:37-38 NLT
When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she bought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little, loves little.
I recently became a dog owner. I have a toy spaniel named Jenks. My dog is an expert on love. She demonstrates on a daily basis how to love with everything you have.
She yearns to be with us at all times. She will lie as close to us as she can. If we even shift position she will jump up and cover us with kisses. If I move from the couch to run upstairs for something she will awaken from a dead sleep to follow me. When she cannot follow, she will cry and keen until I come back. Even the bathroom door being closed is enough to break her tiny devoted heart.
When we return home from a day at school she will prance around our feet as if we had been separated for years instead of just hours. She will wag her tail so hard that the back half of her body is shaking as well. She will run laps around the house to demonstrate the happiness of being reunited with her family. If I am standing at the kitchen counter, she will sit behind me on the floor and press her nose against my leg.
Imagine if we pursued God with the same love that Mary Magdalene showed for Christ. Imagine if we not only gave our money but our heart to Jesus as the woman did. Imagine if we spent our time away from God yearning for his return constantly. Imagine if we went to church with the enthusiasm of a little dog, and ran laps all over the church grounds to demonstrate our joy of being in our Father’s house. Imagine if we wiggled and danced because we got to spend the morning praising our Father, our God, our Savior.
I think it’s time to love God like a puppy.