by Mark Clements
Wednesday, July 10
Serving the Lord with Our Minds
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment,” Mark 12:30.
One day, a scribe asked Jesus which commandment was the most important of all the commandments. Jesus did not hesitate to quote Deuteronomy 6:5, a verse very familiar among Jewish people, as encapsulating everything God expected from His people. He followed up by quoting a portion of Leviticus 19:18 in which God commanded His people to love their neighbors as they loved themselves. Although, in early Hebrew, loving God “with all thy heart” included what is considered the mind, Jesus very clearly added the phrase, “with all thy mind,” when He clarified the commandment. What does it mean to love God “with all thy mind”?
Our minds are powerful. Our thoughts can dictate our motives, our emotions, our speech and our activities. This is why Jesus deliberately included the mandate to love God will all our minds. He knew the power of thinking and the potential for one of His followers to glorify God by reigning in his thoughts under the authority of God. Paul later expanded on the command by imploring his readers to focus intently on whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report (Philippians 4:8). We must be intentional about using our minds to focus on whatever is godly. What do we know for sure? “We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).
JUST A THOUGHT: Love and serve God with all of your mind.