Sometime we start acting like being a Christian is about buckling down and doing our duty, as if it’s about following a long list of don’ts. But Jesus makes it simple for us. It’s really only about one main do — love.

"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Luke 10:27

Think of a person whose company you look forward to — someone who brings a big smile to your face when you know they’re coming over. There’s a list of things you want to share and you really want to know what they think too. Being with this person is going to be the highlight of your week.

God enjoys our company. He’s got a whole bunch of things (really good things) He wants to show us, and He really wants to know what’s stirring in our hearts too. But do we enjoy His company?

Being a Christian is all about having a close, intimate relationship with the most amazing person that ever lived — to come to understand Him more and more: how He thinks and what He loves and even what He doesn’t like.

The more time we spend with Him, the more He begins to rub off on us. His love starts to grow in us day by day. It begins to affect our relationships and shift our priorities. We learn how to be a friend like He is, putting the needs of others first and forgiving people who don’t even ask for it, even when it hurts. We become a people marked by remarkable love.

How are you doing with loving Jesus? That’s really where it all starts.