Luke 10:25–37; Mark 12:28–34
Have you noticed that simple and familiar things can also be mysterious?
Take my spouse for example... No, better not go down that track. 😊
How about this verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”
I’ll bet you’ve heard that one before...a lot of times. After all, it is the “greatest command.” It’s Christianity 101. If you miss it, you kind of miss everything.
But what does it mean to love God?
Is it a feeling? Is it a choice? How do I know when I’m doing it?
What is the difference between “heart,” “soul,” and “mind” anyway?
When do I exert energy loving God?
The more questions I ask, the more perplexed I become.
OK, take a deep breath. Step back. Look at the whole sentence. What is the big idea? What’s the main point?
With our entire being—all of who we are—we should love God. With our will, our emotions, our intellect, and our activity, we are to pursue and delight in God.
Jesus put it this way: “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me” (John 14:21). In another place, John wrote: “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands” (1 John 5.3). In other words, God’s “love language” is obedience.
To love God by obeying His Spirit moment-by-moment through a single day demands my entire concentration. It requires all kinds of choices. It takes self-control and self-discipline. It calls for remembering God’s goodness. It depends on finding joy in Jesus. In other words, it only happens when I’m “all in” with my heart, soul, strength, and mind.
Are you “all in” today? Let’s love God with our whole being—heart, mind, soul, and strength.
It will be worth it.