Influencing Others to Love God

Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” When asked which is the greatest commandment of the Law, Jesus repeated this verse from the Old Testament, and He added the phrase “with all your mind” as well. Jesus said that this is the first and greatest commandment. Leaders who passionately love God will call others to do the same. They will challenge their followers to walk after the Lord, keep His commandments, repent of sin, and exercise spiritual disciplines.

Back in the Old Testament, King Josiah gathered all Judah’s and Jerusalem’s elders. He read all the words of the book of the covenant before all the people. Josiah made a covenant to walk after the Lord and keep His commandments with all his heart and soul. All the people entered the covenant (2 Kings 23:1-3).

Not only did he help the people pledge themselves to this covenant, but he also led the way in repenting of all sin and returning to the obedience of God’s Word. In doing so, he burned all the vessels made for other gods. He did away with the idolatrous priests that Judah’s kings appointed to burn incense in the high places to Baal and creation. He burned Asherah and threw its dust on the graves of the common people. He broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes and the high places of the gates at the entrance of the governor’s city gate. The priests of the high places ate unleavened bread among their brothers. He defiled Topheth so no man would make his children pass through the fire for Molech. Josiah defiled the high places Solomon built for the surrounding nations. He broke the sacred pillars, cut down the Asherim and burned the altar at Bethel and Samaria and high places that caused Israel to sin, which provoked the Lord to anger. Josiah killed all the priests of the high places and burned human bones on them (2 Kings 23:4-20).

The King also reinstated the Passover as it was written in the book of the covenant since it had not been observed since the judges nor during the days of the kings of Israel and Judah (2 Kings 23:21-23).

Scripture tells us that neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord with all his heart, soul and strength according to the law of Moses (2 Kings 23:24-25).

Will you lead the way in your generation to help others love God and serve Him solely?