A man asked Jesus what he had to do to inherit eternal life. He wanted to be in Heaven with God. What one commandment would he need to obey? Jesus told him, ďLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,Ē (Luke 10:27)
The man probably thought that wouldnít be a problem. Iím sure he thought, ďI love God.Ē But maybe he should have considered the details. One word is repeated four times in that verse. (NIV, ESV, KJV) The word is Ďall.Ē Itís a simple word. We all know what it means.
- The whole of
- The greatest possible
- Nothing but
- Dominated by
- The greatest possible
Like that man, I know I love God. But do I love nothing but God? Is it with the greatest possible amount of my heart, soul, strength, and mind?
While I considered the meaning of the verse, a few instances came to mind.
Does God have all of me even while at church? Is the whole of my mind dominated by worship? Do I sometimes spend that time thinking of something else, such as the grocery list, the game, why they changed the order of service?
When I leave church, is my mind occupied with my list of responsibilities, or do I put the whole of my daily schedule in his hands?
The second part of Luke 10:27 shows loving God, with my all, is manifested in loving his people. Love my neighbor as myself.
In traffic, at the store, at home, how do I treat people? Am I patient and loving to every person?
If you love me you will keep my commands. (John 14:15 ESV)
Do I search for Godís will with all my mind and heart? Do I desire God as though my life depended on it? In Psalm 42, the psalmist compared his desire to a deer panting for water. Like a thirsty deer, his soul thirsted for the living God. Thinking about the many times I reach for my water bottle during a day, how often do I open my hands and heart to Godís refreshing?
God demands all--everything. If Iím only giving something, thereís something wrong. Maybe my priorities are out of order.
Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things will fall into line.
Fortunately, eternal life doesnít depend on keeping the rules. Iím a sinner, saved by the grace of Jesus Christ. I understand I wonít keep Godís command perfectly, but I will consider that little word ďall.Ē