Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
The world is very quick to point out that people need to love each other. They are even faster at saying it to a believer.
Yet the world has a warped sense of what it means to love. According to the world it is love to allow someone to choose to murder (abortion) a baby. It is love to allow someone to live however they want, even in death-sentenced sin.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with every part of one’s life.
Many in the church are quick to talk about love, to love God and to love others. However, they talk about love in the same way as the world does, love while allowing for sin.
Loving God with everything within one’s self means that God is put absolutely first in every area of life. It is denying self and living as Jesus lived–holy in every area of life–thoughts, words and actions. In other words–obey God in everything.
It is doing everything one can to turn away from sin. It is doing everything one can to encourage others to turn from sin and turn to serve God. It is allowing God to direct every word, step, action and thought as He sees fit to be needed.
Living like this is not easy. It is denial of self and putting God first. The world and those thinking like the world will not like it and will rebel against it.
Every believer who chooses to love God with everything in him will know the abundant life that Jesus promised. He will see the power of God manifested in his life everywhere he goes.
The commandment Jesus gave to those questioning Him also is given to you. Jesus is also telling you that you must love God with every ounce of your being, physically and spiritually.
As with every person, there are areas you can love God better in. There are areas in your life that you are still holding onto sin and this world that prevents you from loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Give those areas up to God and love Him. It will be worth it all.
Are you loving God with all that is within you?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all that is in you; that you will give your whole life to loving God; and that you will know and see God’s great love for you.
Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. Zechariah 3:5
The mind is a powerful part of every person. It can make or break a person very quickly. It is what can give the person the internal motivation to accomplish a difficult task. It is also what can bring on enough fear to keep someone from doing the most simple task.
Every thing that is said and every action, whether good or bad, comes from a thought from the mind. What covers the mind is what determines what can come from it.
Joshua the high priest was being given new clothes to minister in. With the new clothes it was representative of his being cleansed of sin. Now he was given a new turban for his head.
When a person becomes a believer and chooses to follow Christ, he is given new clothes and a new heart. These clothes are the clothes of Christ, His righteousness and holiness.
The heart is often seen as the core part of man’s thinking and beliefs. It is sometimes used interchangeably with the mind. Believers are also to put on the mind of Christ, to think as He thinks.
Jesus had a firm belief in His Father and what He could do or what He should not do. There were no doubts in His mind for either action.
Every believer must also have the same mind as that of Jesus, knowing what is right and wrong, what God wants them to do or not do. Without God giving one a new mind, people are stuck in sinful thoughts, binding them to sin. As the mind is given a new turban, or helmet, he now has the mind of Christ that thinks the right thoughts.
You may be like most people in battling thoughts each day. Satan uses your mind to get you thinking about sinning and how enticing sin is. Turn away from those thoughts and put on the mind of Christ.
Allow God to change your thought patterns to ones that will follow after God. As you change your thoughts from sin to God, you will know that in Christ you can do all things and that God is with you and will never leave you. This will empower you to do God’s work.
Where are your thoughts today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will allow God to clean your mind of sinful thoughts; and that God will do great things through you as you believe Him.