Theme of the Week: Out of Hibernation
Bible Verse: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:36-37
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Some ways of showing love for God are easier than others. There, I said it. The feline escaped the sack. I don’t think I’m alone in this assessment, but it is sometimes a bit difficult to admit. Scripture calls us to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deut. 6:5, Matt. 22:37). Essentially, to love God with all parts of us or everything that we are. What does that look like? Loving God with everything that we do?
Loving God with our hearts – This is being captivated by the person and character of God. Wanting to spend time with Him to understand who He is and what he has done for those that he loves. It is returning the seeking, sacrificial love that He has shown us with the same kind of love and devotion.
Loving God with our souls – Soul is perhaps the hardest thing to qualify. But let’s suggest that our soul at least contains our passions, our motivations. Loving God would mean being driven by the things that move Him, pursuing the things He pursues. This is the embodiment of “your kingdom come,” and being a part of bringing the kingdom.
Loving God with our minds – This one is my favorite. Loving God with our minds is the pursuit of knowledge of God. Reading and meditating on Scripture. Seeking deep and intimate knowledge of the character and actions of God and allowing that knowledge to shape our character.
Loving God with our strength – If loving God with my mind is a favorite, strength is perhaps the easiest (to understand at least). Loving God with our strength means that what we do, everything we do, aligns with the morals, ethics, and standards of His kingdom. It is living out the Sermon on the Mount in our daily lives.
Does your life revolve around a love for God?
Prayer: God, Thank you for your love for me. I confess that my love for you may not always be as deep as it should be, but it’s not even as deep as it could be sometimes. Help me to understand what it means to love you and to pursue that loving you so that others can see you.
Reflection: Which area of loving God is easiest for you? Which area is the most difficult? How can you love God more deeply in one area this week?
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