In this passage, religious teachers are questioning Jesus about which commandment was most important. He answered that the first and second were the most important; to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength and mind.
Throughout this series, we’ve been talking about the idea of Saintuarie, a life of intentional holiness.
There is an image of God — Imago Dei — in each of us; the closer we get to Him, the more we reflect Him.
This week’s theme is recreate; how can we recreate the image of God in our lives?
- Love the Lord with all your heart. Our heart means our motivation. Are we motivated by material gain or that which motivates God? What is important to Him should be what motivates us. Two things motivate God:
- Creation: God loves to create new things
- Relationship: the relationship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit created the universe. Our marriage and family relationships mirror the Trinity and we manifest His glory through relationships in the Body of Christ.
- Love the Lord with all your soul. Our souls are our moral values. Jesus expressed His values in the Beatitudes. He was passionate about His values: poverty in spirit, thirst for righteousness, peace. More than just a set of rules, God wants our values to be His. What do we cry about? Children in poverty? Hunger? Disease?
- Love the Lord with all your mind. The answers aren’t always intellectual; it’s not what we know, but how we act. Ministry is a life spent sharing the Good News, so that people know your message even when you say nothing.
- Love the Lord with all your strength. We live in a world that needs to see the Good News come to life, which requires effort. It’s easy to smile when the world is for you, when everything is going your way, but imagine the witness when you rejoice when life is not smooth.
If we love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, our world will never be the same.