GOD MATTERS: PART II
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Nearing death, Moses gives one final sermon to his family. He stands before a multitude of men, women, and children to remind them why God matters. Moses encourages the Israelites to love God with all of their being because God loved their fathers, chose their offspring, and brought them out of slavery in Egypt by his great power and might (Deuteronomy 4:37). In other words, Moses says love God with your everything because this is how He has loved you.
Like Moses before Israel, Jesus stood before the Pharisees. A religious leader approaches Jesus, sent on behalf of his associates. His question is, “Teacher, which is the great commandment of the Law?” This child of Moses, proud of his heritage and knowledge, tests the proposed Son of God. Jesus responds, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment” (Matthew 22:37).
Consider the great commandment according to Jesus, and according to Moses. In light of eternity, his death approaching, Moses said love God with everything. In light of eternity, his death approaching, Jesus said love God with everything. The call to love God with our everything comes from the reality that God loved us first with His everything. One of Jesus’ disciples understood this saying, “We love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). In light of eternity, God matters, and loving him with our everything matters the most because we exist in response to His first great love of creating us.
- Analyze your life today and determine where you are not loving God with your everything.
- Pray for strength and wisdom to overcome where you are weak.
Read Deuteronomy 6.