Transformational Disciplemaking: The Greatest Commandment

Last time we discussed the testimony from the Old Testament regarding the importance of the heart. It’s not surprising-- in light of these passages-- that we find Jesus talking about the heart as well. In Matthew 22:37-39, “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. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
 
So, in the words of Jesus, the greatest command is to love God with our whole inner life. When we study the words, heart, soul and mind, throughout the Old and New Testament, we find a significant overlap in their meaning. Often the word mind is translated “heart” because of it’s meaning in the context. In other places the word soul in the original text is translated “mind.” The point Jesus is making here is not to distinguish between the heart, soul and mind within an individual, but to say that loving God means to love Him with your entire inner life.
 
What does it mean to love God with my whole inner life?  In the next four blogs I will think about four aspects of our inner life that enable us to love God at the level he desires.  Join me!