How To Love God With All You Got
Jesus was asked a question once. The question went something like this: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” I’m sure the law expert expected Jesus to give him a series of tasks to perform or to keep the Law. I’m not sure that he was truly prepared for what Jesus said.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” That is how Jesus answered him.
Four key components to loving God. If these are what make up who we are, then doesn’t it make sense that we would do what is necessary to build those areas up ever chance we get? Check that, shouldn’t we seek to build these key components up?
Knowing this, what is our challenge? What are we to do if we are going to love God like this?
Let’s start with the heart. This is the core of who we are. It’s who we are when no one is looking, when we are tired and when we are stressed. Proverbs would tell us that the heart is what the springs of life flows from. Truly, in this context, our heart is who we truly are.
It makes sense that we should work toward building our “heart.” It is here where our character comes from. Our morals reside here. What we feed our heart will truly determine who we are.
Next up is our soul. The best way to describe our soul would be to say that this is where our emotions lie. When Jesus said that His soul was troubled in the garden of Gethsemane, He was saying that his emotions were running high. He was stressed to the max.
We should do everything we can to keep our emotions in check as much as possible. We have to work to keep them under control. Letting them run wild to the point of living under constant stress will shorten our lives.
Up next is our strength. Unlike Matthew, who used mind to describe both intellect and strength, Luke divided the two. Strength would be used to describe both physical strength and energy.
We are physical beings. We need to pay attention to our physical well-being so that we are strong enough and fit enough in life to continue to worship Him with all we have.
Finally, we arrive to our mind. Our intellect. We have been blessed with brains with the ability to learn. We are How To Live Like Jabez | Deuceology
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and discussion. It is here where we can dwell to worship the Lord.
The Lord has made us with these four ares of our lives. We are made up of these pieces. It is our responsibility to love God with each of them. To do that, we must build each of them up, we must strengthen them, work toward meeting their potential. It’s then that we can love God with each of these.
How would love God with your heart and soul and strength and mind?