TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
Mark 12:29-30 (NLT)
AM I LOVING GOD WITH ALL MY MIND?
There’s a story about a wealthy man who was terminally ill. The doctor said, “There’s only one thing that will save you. A brain transplant. It’s an experimental operation. And it’s very expensive.” The wealthy guy said, “Money is no object. Can you get me a brain?” The doctor said, “We have three available right now. The first one was from a college professor. But it’ll cost you $10,000. The second brain is from a rocket scientist. It’ll cost you $100,000. The third brain is from a Professional football player. But it would set you back a million dollars.” The man said, “A million dollars? Why so much for his brain?” The doctor said, “It’s never been used.”
God wants us to use our brains to love Him. Jesus said to love God with “all your mind.” Mind speaks to our intelligence and our thought life. This commands our intellectual nature. This is in opposition to a blind devotion. As we understand Who God is, as He revealed in His Word, we respond to that truth by focusing the power of the intellect to worship Him and to love Him. Some people have the notion that becoming a Christian means you have to surrender your ability to think and become part of some mindless mass of unthinking, submissive zombies. But in reality, there is nothing more intelligent than Christian thinking. Christian thinking has the mind of Christ.
Mike used the analogy of car gauges to illustrate a spiritual checkup. One of the questions I should ask is “Do I show my love for God with how I use my mind?” What kind of things are you putting in your mind?
Philippians 4:8 says, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Praise God for the types of things mentioned in this verse.