We’ve all heard these scriptures, but do we put them into practice?? What do they even mean? What does it mean to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind”? Does that mean we show up on church on Sunday morning, check that box, then charge home to live and die with our favorite NFL team, our moods and even identity rolled up into the success or failure of 53 men we will never meet? Does it mean we spend more money on our smartphones every month than we give to the God we claim to love with all our heart?? Does it mean staying in debt for the rest of our lives so we can have the next great TV, so we can have the nicest car at the stoplight, the best tag on our clothes, the biggest house in the neighborhood??
What about loving your neighbor as yourself?? Who is your neighbor?? Is it just the guy who lives right next to you, the guy you’re polite to when you get the morning paper?? Maybe it’s the person you’re going curse and flip off when you drive to work in the morning. Maybe it’s the politician you curse whenever you see something in the news that isn’t just as you would have it. Maybe it’s the guy on the other side of the world who gets on his hands and knees in unison with everyone else on his his block 5 times a day to worship a false God. Maybe it’s the guy on the street you’re going to curse because he asks for change!! Just a thought, with all the cursing and one finger salutes, how much love for God or our neighbors do we really have?? With the attitudes we show on a daily basis, are we as Christians really loving our God with all our heart and mind? Are we really loving our neighbors as ourselves?? Feeling like I have some work to do…
“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.””
Matthew 22:34-40 NLT