I tend to think that the letter of the Law is easy to follow, but that the spirit of it is the real issue. Somehow, today, I’m convicted by the very words in it.
Well-respected and educated jews were so thrown off by how to deal with Jesus that they missed His words. They wanted to throw Him off, to get any excuse to accuse Him of blasphemy. So they asked for the greatest commandment, and He said:
“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 22:38
It’s pretty horrendous that they were speaking face-to-face with the God incarnate and wanted to destroy Him out of jealousy. And it’s bad enough that the very reputations they were trying to protect were built upon the law that Jesus referenced here. But beyond even that, they completely missed the words He spoke.
These people were Pharisees, they knew this commandment well. They were considered so devout and learned that they lived out many detailed rules that were created to help them obey the laws in the first place. But they stood next to Jesus, on the same ground, breathing the same air, discussing the same Father, and missed His words because they were preoccupied.
Love the Lord your God with all your mind.
We have a choice today–do this stuff, or do that stuff. I even spend a lot of time trying to honor Him by figuring out which of the stuff I’m supposed to do. But that’s all related to the stuff. Whether or not the stuff is loving to do, it all needs to go back to loving Him with all of me. Not just in the morning, or when He helps me out of a jam.
If you shelf the “stuff” and love Him more fully, I’d love to hear what He shows you!