Day Three: Leave No Part Behind

Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)- 29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’

When the Bible tells us to love God with mind, heart, soul, and strength, it is not telling us to do four different things but giving us four different ways to do one and the same thing. Moses was not trying to make a careful distinction between heart and soul, and when Jesus added the word “mind,” he was not giving a new commandment. The point is to love God with everything we have. This is driven home by almost poetic repetition. In adding “all your mind” and “all your strength” to “all your heart” and “all your soul,” Jesus makes the strongest possible claim on our affections. [Loving Jesus More, Ryken, p.46]

The Spirit activates and stirs our whole being into greater affection for Jesus. We don’t have to get fixated on individual parts. Rather, ask and trust the Lord to lift our whole lives in love for Jesus.  Let’s worship to the song “All in All” (click here) by Phil Wickham.

-ES

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