“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27
This command that Jesus said sums up all the law and the prophets shows that we are made up of many parts, and God wants all of all of them. It doesn’t just say love the Lord with your heart, soul, strength and mind, nor does it say to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, strength and mind. That would have communicated well enough with fewer words. He needed only to say “all of your” once and then list the parts. But He repeats it each time. It must be important. It’s “all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your strength and all of your mind.” There should not be any doubt as to what is being said here. This is a person truly sold out to God. And this is not just for the super Christians among us. This is for everybody.
“All of” means we are undivided. No separate loyalties. Love the Lord with all of everything you have. You could love the Lord with your mind — you could be an intellectual Christian — but not have your heart in it. Or you could be passionate about the Lord, but your mind is somewhere else. Or you could put all your strength into doing great things for God, but your soul is into worshipping yourself, or something else. The Children of Israel were doing this all the time — making soulless sacrifices because their heads were not in the game.
Or you could have half a heart in it, but not all of it. Or we say: “I’ve got half a mind to do such and such…” well, that’s not enough. You need all of a mind to serve God. This is an “all in” proposition.
If you listened to the Catch on BlogTalkRadio last night, you found out that we really do have halves of our brains — two hemispheres our brains are divided into and each one has a particular function. The right hemisphere of the brain being the seat of the emotions, the will, the creative, and the left being the rational, logical, the sequential. We all have both sides but usually one dominates. (Marti claims to have only one left brain cell that is often out to lunch.) That’s what makes the difference between scientists, artists, accountants and innovators. The right brain says, “Skateboard down the street;” the left brain says, “Look out for cars.” Me … I’ve got too many left brain cells to want to jump out of a plane. On our skydiving trip a few years ago, I didn’t even ride in the plane. But Marti was the first one to jump.
Dr. Charles Kenny of The Right Brain People, our guest on last night’s show, showed us how the motivations for most of our decisions come from the right side of our brains. It’s where we find out what we want and in fact, what we worship.
You can see how this would be valuable information for marketing products. But it’s also valuable information for knowing how to love God. God can get the left side of our brains by religious tradition — going to church, reading the Bible, praying, even doing the right things and not doing the wrong things, but what He really wants is the right side of our brains where we want to do all these things. He wants us to want Him. He wants us to do the right thing AND jump out of the plane. But you’ll have to talk to Marti about that.