“The most important [law],” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
We probably mentally zip to the part 2 (loving our neighbor) as that is the bit we understand and relate to most. And if course, the two laws are inseparable so doing one is doing the other, right?
But if we look more closely at v30, what does it mean to love God will everything?
From my very limited understanding, I think it means (a) obedience – being willing to do anything God says, to do whatever He has commanded in His word, no question, no “buts”,no excuses (see John 14:21), and (b) to offer all we are and having happily and willingly (see 2 Corinthians 8:8-9).
Frankly, I am a long way off all that. But if I can just make sure I say “yes” to Jesus today, then I am better able to say yes tomorrow and the next.
PRAYER: Lord, I say YES to You now. Whatever You ask, whatever You say. I will do as you command happily and gladly, for You have already given me Yourself gladly that I might live to love You in return. And Lord, this thing I am struggling with right now? I say yes to You on that, too. Amen.
Let’s also pray God’s blessing on Naomi, Daniel, Matthew and Jasmine as they leave for Edinburgh. We love them and will miss them!