With All Our Heart, Mind and Soul
When we claim to be Christians this is the greatest of all commandments.
Matthew 22 KJV
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
How often during the day I turn my back on this simple request? How often during the day does the Lord fill my heart with joy when it is honored? Why would it be so easily overlooked from one moment to the next? The enemy is always lurking, prancing, as a lion when he is nothing more than a sugar ant.
I love the story of the “bleeding woman” who struggled through the throng of people that were surrounding Jesus as He walked through the village. She wanted more than anything to get near to the Master as she knew He could heal her. The vision in my heart is of a person struggling with all their strength through the pushing and shoving of the throngs, just to get a glimpse, just to be near for a moment…finally, close enough, she gets pushed to the ground and reaches out and her hand brushes the last thread in the hem.
I share this story often with the men at the Rescue Mission. It’s a reminder of the struggle when drinking was my god and rooting out the enemy was the only thing that mattered. When you struggle, crawl and cry out, touching the border of His garment is like breathing life for the first time. It is life itself. It is the essence of loving thy God with all your heart, soul and mind.
Luke 43 KJV