“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/10/10): Demand #9 “Love God With All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength”

Mark 12:28-30

28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (Deuteronomy 6:4)”

Luke 11:42

Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.

John 8:42

42Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.”

Mark 7:6-7

6He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:
” ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
7They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ (Isaiah 29:13)”

Matthew 24:12

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.

In answering a teacher of the law who was testing him, Jesus lists the two most important Commandments that were given in the Old Testament:  Love God and Love Others.  The first command is what we will look at today, with Jesus quoting the original command given to Moses in Deuteronomy.  When we know and appreciate how completely invested God is in our creation and salvation, we should be moved to love God with all that we are.  Ever been with someone who’s not entirely there with you?  Maybe their mind or body is elsewhere.  Maybe their heart and soul are disconnected from you in some way.  It is important that we be all there in our relationship with God.  When we hold back parts of our life from God, it restrains his ability to spread his grace into our lives.  We suffer and the world suffers.  When we bring all of ourselves to the table, God can work mightily.  The choice is ours.  Ask yourself if there is one of those four areas where you “hold out” on God:  heart (passion), mind (thoughts/plans), soul (our identity/being), and strength (physical actions).  May you reach for Jesus’ help to love God more fully so that you may know him more deeply.


Pastor Josh

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