Mark 12:30-31 says – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” What does it look like to love our Savior, and God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength?
Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength.
All inclusive. All ecompassing. All IN.
Remember the Sunday school song, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love…”. Christians bear fruit. Spiritual, sweet fruit!
Galatians 5:22-23 says – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
When we love Jesus with all our heart, we fade into the background, and HE so beautifully shines before us. We deflect the praises of man, and give the glory to Him.
When we step aside in our humanness, Jesus beautifully steps in and takes control of our lives. Our will, our desires, how we spend our time, and how we treat our friends, family and neighbors — change. Change, for the good.
More of Him. Less of me.
My prayer for us today is this: May we be ALL IN for Jesus. May His light shine through you, and through me today. In every interaction, and every situation, may we reflect WHO Jesus is to us. May we step aside, to allow more room for Him to move in and through our lives. May we humbly deflect the praises of man, and give all the glory and honor to He who is our Savior, our best friend, our constant and able companion – Jesus. Life is not easy. Life brings the hard. The painful. The difficult. But He is faithful and gracious, generously giving strength to the weary, wisdom to the seeking, and peace to our anxious heart. Thank you, Jesus for your Spirit. May we bear the fruit of your Spirit in our lives today, and every day. Amen. ❤ Allison