Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” – Matthew 22:37
I’ve really been thinking a lot about the first and greatest commandment given by our Lord and Savior. I’ve realized that sometimes I get out of balance with the three components of loving my Lord. When I’m out of balance, I’m just not quite right. Yesterday was a terrible day . . . I’m reflecting on what, if anything, went wrong. I certainly don’t want to repeat it if I don’t have to.
The first way I’m to love God is with my heart. I’m sure you guys have seen Rudy. The coach wished a thousand times over that he could put Rudy’s heart into his other more talented and physically gifted players. I see that, yesterday, I was really tired and did not put the same amount of heart into my work. I rushed through my day, the very thing I wrote about two weeks ago. I want to know at the end of each day that my heart was in my marriage, my work, my family, my parenting, my pursuit of God, and every other component of my life. I don’t have to be great, but I do have to put my heart into it.
The second way I’m to love God is with my soul. I used to love the moments when God would just fill my soul with His Holy Spirit. I know He is always there in the omnipresent sense, but then there are those moments when His presence is manifest. I used to chase it relentlessly. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on a choir version of “Take the Name of Jesus with You.” I don’t know why it happened in that particular moment, but that song caused the glory of God to just fill my soul, and I was flooded with so much love that I could hardly stand it. I cried for almost an hour in His presence. When I am weak and weary like I am now, I should worship the Lord with all my soul. I should rest in His assurance and in His presence. At every moment in my life, I have the option to flip that switch and focus my mind on Him. Too often . . . I just don’t.
Last, but not least, I’m to worship the Lord, my God, with all my mind. For about a month, I was reading “The Heavenly Man” along with my Bible reading. Brother Yun’s life was like a living illustration for what I was reading in the Bible. In the midst of horrible beatings and miserable prison conditions, he could focus his mind on the Lord. As I read about him doing it, I thought “surely I can do it, too . . . in my much better conditions.” For the most part, I did. Then the book ended. Then I didn’t have my reminder from Brother Yun. Then I feel like my mind just went kind of numb and it was hard to focus on God and the life He seeks to live through me.
This morning, it is so nice to sit and just write this WMD and feel like I’m simply hanging out with Him again. I feel Him so near as I’ve done all three components. My heart is in this writing. My spirit was filled simply by singing, “Precious Name, O how sweet, Hope of Earth and Joy of Heav’n.” For about 40 minutes now, my mind has been on God . . . and it is wonderful.
Lord, You don’t tell me to worship You because You are egotistical and demand adoration. You tell me to worship You because You know it is how I work best. You tell me so I will be full of joy and full of purpose. Thank You for this morning. I don’t know why I spiritually break off into a sprint that absolutely wears me out mentally, physically, and spiritually. I leave You behind, get exhausted, then when You catch up with me from the enjoyable walk You’ve always taken, You pick me up, and walk with me. Oh Lord, help me walk with You today. I came to you this morning weary and burdened. You offered me the yoke that will allow me to pull at the same pace as You. The yoke that allows You to do the overwhelming majority of the pulling. What a fool I am when I take it off and run ahead! Thank You for being gentle and humble in heart. Thank You for granting my soul rest. There is no one like You in all this Earth. I love You, Lord. Help me love You this day with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind. Amen.