“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:34-38
How do we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind?
Have you ever deeply considered this question before? Well since Jesus says; “This is the first and greatest commandment” … perhaps we ought to meditate carefully on this scripture.
What would cause Jesus to conclude that you or I love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind?
Here’s the verse that best challenges me. “and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2 Corinthians 5:15
Everyday – we need to ask ourselves …
Am I living for Christ, or for myself?
Is my thinking humbled to God’s eternal Truth?
Do I have the mind of Christ?
We can learn much about loving God here.
1 Kings 3:3-15 “Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places. The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
1. Solomon loved God by walking according to His teachings
2. He was a true worshipper and made 1000 offerings to God. And much like Joseph, Daniel and many others who were totally committed God spoke to him in a powerful way.
3. God was pleased with Solomon and came to Him in a dream and offered him whatever he wanted.
4. King Solomon’s reply showed humility as he referred to himself as your servant who is only a little child.
5. God offered him anything but Solomon’s request demonstrated that he truly cared more about other people than himself – “give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” and God was greatly pleased. Solomon had a burning heart for the truth.
6. It is encouraging to note that even though King David sinned against God, he is still referred to here as: “faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day” — There is hope for us all in spite of our failures. Jesus understands that we may lose some battles in this world but His grace is always sufficient for us.
7. When we love God and are faithful and committed to His truth – his promise is that he will provide us with much more than we could ever imagine.
The good news is that God has already given all of us who love and believe in Jesus a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” 1 Corinthians 2:14-16
My friends, would you like to have the wisdom of King Solomon? But wait, you already have the wisdom of the King. God gave us this wisdom and truth in His Word – but so much better than this – He also gave us His Spirit to guide us forever …
“We have the mind of Christ”
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust©2020