"Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
~ Matthew 22:37-39 ~
Think about the past for a moment. That sentence I just wrote...it is now the past. That sentence too. Wait! And that one too! O my goodness, it's mind blowing to actually experience the past just a second ago. It's now gone. It is here, and now it is gone before I even finish this sentence.
I know this sounds crazy. Yet, if you think about the past, it's just that - crazy! The present a second later is the past.
I'm overwhelmed by this thought. It truly brings me to living my life in this present moment on purpose for God's purpose. There is a point where my mind experiences the 'vanishing point' of comprehending such a thought.
I am lovingly reminded that The One True God desires for my desires to line up with His. What are His desires? One that has been coming up over and over in my heart and mind is to love Him with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I desire to love Him this way. How is this possible? Is this humanly possible? We definitely cannot love God who is LOVE on our own strength or our own ability. So how do we do this? We must do this by relying on God who is Love to Love Him this amazing way.
I love that - in order to love Him like He commands us to is by relying on Him. This is another overwhelming provoking thought too. Isn't it?
As we ponder the present as in just a second it will become the past; let's be intentional and purposeful to rely on Him for what we are called to do for His glory and honor. We are called to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. As we do this, we can then love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus came to fulfill the law, He did not come to destroy it. The ten commandments from the Old Testament and Old Covenant are literally wrapped up in these two commandments that Jesus commanded us to walk in. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will automatically be able to love others no matter what.
When we love God like this we can do the following with no issues...
We won't have any other gods before Him,
Nor will we have any graven images
Nor will we take the Lord's name in vain
We will remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy
We will honor our father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise
We won't murder
We won't commit adultery
We won't bear false witness against our neighbor and
We won't covet our neighbor's house, spouse, etc.
I would have to say that my 'litmus test' to find out where my heart is on loving God it would be on a moment by moment basis seeing if any of these commandments are being broken. If so, then I know I need to rely on God even more, for I know He will grant me the ability to love Him the way He calls me to.
May our God be loved by us; as He is honored and glorified.