How many people do you know who follow this pattern?
Maybe it was how you were brought up. You go to church, maybe you read the Bible (especially at Christmas or Easter) and you don't commit the "big sins".
Is that enough? God doesn't just want our outward submission to rules. He doesn't want us to 'do church' to be seen by others.
God wants our hearts.
Romans 12: 1-2 says that we are to present our bodies daily as a living sacrifice to God. As Christians, we allow His Word to transform our minds and thus our lives. When we do this, we are submitting to the Holy Spirit's guidance. The byproduct will be the fruit of the Spirit evidenced by ...love.
If God doesn't have our heart then all our church attendance, the money we give, the time we devote to Bible studies and other good works ...won't matter. They are being done in ourselves by the power of our flesh.
In contrast, when we submit ourselves to the Lord, He guides us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Going to church to worship will be done with the right heart motive of love instead of out of obligation. And that's pleasing to God and ...counts for eternity.
So my answer to the question in this quote is NO that is not passionate, wholehearted love for God.
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