In his essay, “Faithful Christian Learning,” Jeffrey P. Greenman brings up Luke 10:27, where Jesus says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Greenman then goes on to comment,
Surely I had heard that verse sometime in my churchgoing youth, but, if so, its significance never registered with me. Now I saw that it was utterly fundamental to Jesus’s message about discipleship. Christians are meant to love God supremely: thoroughly, not partially; actively, not passively; intentionally, not accidentally; and consistently, not sporadically.
This struck me as being particularly applicable to Christians in our day to day lives. It’s so easy to put God in a box, or many boxes scattered throughout our life, and live other spheres as if God didn’t exist. Yet if we are truly following Jesus, our entire life will be changed. Not just the parts other people see, not just during devotions or worship service, but in all the other gritty parts of it.
Faith is not something we can add to our life to “make it better.” Faith is our life to make us stronger, more humble, more loving, and more desirous of chasing after Jesus with everything in us. When Jesus told us to love the Lord with all our heart, He didn’t mean some of it, or most of it. He meant every part of our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength should be devoted to glorifying Him and enjoying His blessings as they were meant to be enjoyed.
One of my favorite songs is “In Over My Head” by Jenn Johnson with Bethel Music. There’s a lyric in there that always resonates with me, no matter what season of life I might be walking through. “Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in?” Since we’re human, there will always be a box to be torn down. Let’s always seek to examine our hearts honestly before God, and fight to cut down those boxes when they pop up.
Jesus has given us everything. He really did die on that cross to rescue you and me from the slavery of our own sins. He gave up His life so that we could gain ours. Let’s always celebrate that by living the whole of our life for Him, in His name.