What A Man Says
I believe that for many believers, when we hear someone mention that we must love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, we automatically think of the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament. If you have studied the Bible much you likely know the story. The teachers of the law asked Jesus what is the greatest commandment, hoping that they would be able to cause Jesus to make a mistake in His answer. Jesus responded by instructing them with this very commandment. To love God with all that we are, our entire being. He emphasizes it by concluding that this is the first and the greatest command. This however was not a new teaching. In fact, this was the same instruction that was given to the Israelites by God thousands of years before Jesus came to earth. This passage in Deuteronomy goes on to say that these commands shall be written on our hearts and our minds. How amazing it is to see the prophetic Word of the Lord in operation.
Today, we are the culmination of this prophetic Word. Jesus has come and He has paid the penalty for our sin. He has not only paid it, but He also conquered death and the grave by rising again to life three days later. After this happened and Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within us. The Holy Spirit is the very Spirit of God living in our hearts and our minds. He is with us always and He leads us and guides us and gives us discernment and direction. The question for us to wrestle with is this, how then can we love the Lord with all that we are? What does it even mean to love Him like that?
When we think about this, there are really only two ways in which we can express love. We can express love with the things that we say and we can express love in the things that we do. Taking this further, I believe that we can all agree that if we truly love someone then we need to express that love in both our words and our actions. When we say we love someone but do not perform acts that demonstrate that love, or when we do things for someone but never tell them how we feel, we are not truly loving that person with all that we are. With this in mind, in order to fully love the Lord, we need to profess it without words and then take action that proves what we have professed. When you think about your own life, can you say that you love the Lord in both your words and your deeds?