And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. MATTHEW 24:12
The first and greatest commandment is to love God with every power of our entire being. Where love like that exists, there can be no place for a second object.
Yet popular Christianity has as one of its most effective talking points the idea that God exists to help people to get ahead in this world! The God of the poor has become the God of an affluent society. We hear that Christ no longer refuses to be a judge or a divider between money-hungry brothers. He can now be persuaded to assist the brother that has accepted Him to get the better of the brother who has not!
Whoever seeks God as a means toward desired ends will not find God. God will not be one of many treasures. His mercy and grace are infinite and His patient understanding is beyond measure, but He will not aid men in selfish striving after personal gain. If we love God as much as we should, surely we cannot dream of a loved object beyond Him which He might help us to obtain!
Lord, show me what it means to love You as You commanded—with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind (see Luke 10:27).