Dueteronomy 6:5 offers us a trio of ways in which we can show our love for God.
1. With all your heart.
Anything that takes up residence in our hearts or minds have our priority.
Think about it.
When we are interested in something, we engage in it wholeheartedly . And that’s how we ought to love God.
The things of God should have first place in our minds. Like the Psalmist, we should say, “I delight to do thy will, O my God…” Psalm 49:8.
But this won’t happen by chance. We need to be intentional about this, with the help of the Holy Spirt.
Joshua 1:8 reminds us that we should “…medidate on it [God’s Word] day and night.”
Research has shown that whatever we focus our attention on profoundly impacts the way we live our lives – how we communicate with others, our decision-making and our behaviour.
Thankfully, there are no negative consequences to focusing on the Lord with all of our hearts.
2. With all your soul.
The Hebrew word for soul is nephesh which when translated refers to the whole body.
What would be the point of being convicted in my mind or heart of the need to love my Creator then choose to use or treat my body in ways that are contradictory to His will?
Loving the Lord doesn’t just require our will but our bodies. So how can we love the Lord in that way?
“Do you not know that your bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit…you are not your own…” 1 Corinthians 6:19 NIV
God expects that we will keep this text in mind as we make decisions daily regarding what we feed our bodies, both physically and otherwise.
How many of us will glady take up residence in a filthy house?
How then can we expect God’s Spirit to dwell in unhealthy and impure bodies?
Paul reminds us, “When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honour God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 CEV
So if we haven’t lately, let’s do a spot check around our temples. It might be that we need to do some spring cleaning.
3. With all your strength.
I am sure you will agree with me that the life of the Christian is not an easy one.
Jesus himself said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This text summarizes what a Christian should expect. There will be challenges and obstacles and difficulties and whatever else the enemy concocts. But before and after, Christ assures us of two things:
A) His peace is available to us.
Not the kind the world provides (John 14:27). Anything the world provides is fleeting and flimsy. You cannot depend on it. But you can depend on Jesus’s peace.
B) He overcame, so we can too.
Jesus endured all kinds of challenges and obstacles and difficulties; yet He overcame.
This should encourage and inspire us when we are in the middle of our trials.
This should bring us hope!
Loving the Lord in this world requires strength; it requires effort; it requires perseverance.
Thankfully, we are not expected to do it on our own.
God promises us, “…I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Today, consider loving the Lord with all of you.
Consider giving Him your all, not just a part of you. After all, He gave everything for you!
Take the stand today – love Him with your heart, your soul and your strength!