“God, whom I serve with my whole heart….”
I can’t get away from this today – How many times have I said, “I love ______ with my whole heart.”
How many times have I said, “I love God with my whole heart” and I mean it.
But what am I saying?
What does that really mean?
What does love my look like? to you? to God? to myself?
What is my definition of love? Is my definition the same as yours?
Is God love the same thing as human love?
What does it mean to be a wholehearted lover of God?
What does my wholehearted love for an invisible God mean to those who are visible?
Mark 12:30-31 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
If I learn to love God with all my heart – my emotions and feelings,
and if I learn to love God with all my soul – my personality expressed with my speech,
if I learn to love God with all my mind – my thoughts and ponderings,
if I learn to love God with all my strength – resources of time, money, influence, talents, reputation
and the entirety of who I am exists in this four-fold arena that correlates between
me and God,
God and me,
me and others
and me and me
WHAT is that kind of love going to look like?
What if one part of that love is more my natural and the other part is so NOT my natural?
On this day of my quest, the only things that I can be sure of is
how incredibly inadequate are my attempts to touch the hem of His garment,
but that every inch that I make toward Him moves His heart and that
He is releasing grace to burn with passion for Him that is breaking my pride and
renewing my desire to obey Him with a life of love.
#3 in my quest for revelation of The Great Commandment. To read more on pursuing The Great Commandment, go to the next blog in this series, “The Right to Our Opinion.”