Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
This is such a familiar verse! And sometimes those are the hardest to internalize, aren’t they?
The Bible app devotion today was so helpful, too (as usual!).
Love – means to trust God and want His will more than my own. Show me, Lord, where I stand on this from YOUR viewpoint.
Heart – not just emotions, but your thoughts and your will. I find my pride showing up in my thoughts more often than I like to admit! This is not loving the Lord.
Soul – your whole physical being. How I take care of myself? How I prioritize the energies I spend during a day? This needs some focused reflective time as well!
Strength – your capacity and potential. The thing that strikes me here is – what if I don’t feel I have much capacity or potential? This could be a real stumbling block.
As I was praying through and reflecting on these things, I thought of the Widow’s Mite story in Mark 12. So I opened that up and was delighted to find a direct connection to Deuteronomy 6:5. Don’t you love it when that happens?!
Mark 12:42-44 NASB – A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
Friends, she didn’t have a lot of capacity or potential – in human eyes. We learn such an important lesson here and I am so glad to have even more context for it as I see it connected to THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT.
God is calling us to give Him ALL the capacity and potential – no matter how small it may seem to us.
He is calling us to give Him ALL the capacity and potential – no matter how disregarded it may be by those around us.
He is calling us to give Him ALL the capacity and potential – no matter how great it might be. Are you wiling to give it all?
All that you have to live on? I mean really surrender it all to Him?
I believe there is a reason he started with the heart. So let’s start this journey to loving God more by starting with our heart and letting Him guide our growth in our love for Him from there.
I’m starting today! Who’s with me?