“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all you mind.” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Luke 10 25-28
This is such a familiar portion of Scripture it’s easy to read over it when you read it. We can’t let that happen.
There are two big themes here: life that is eternal and love that is supernatural. You really can’t have one without the other.
Since this lawyer asked, Jesus told Him!
Boy did He!
You MUST love God with ALL your heart! Half-hearted love won’t work.
Do you love God like that?
You MUST love God with ALL your soul! Nothing less than your total essence will suffice.
Is that how you love God?
You MUST love God with ALL your strength! Wimpy love doesn’t get it done.
Did you ever get a muscle strain from loving God?
You MUST love God with ALL your mind! Distracted love, double-minded love doesn’t cut it.
Do you love God with a single-minded love?
According to Jesus if you love like that you will live!
Seriously, who loves like that?
God does! God loves you like that!
This is where it gets good!
Jesus is not only telling you to how you should love, He is communicating how you are loved – by Him!
And the reason you can love God like this is because God’s love is available to you! The call to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind is actually the call to receive His love in your heart and in your soul and with your strength and with your mind!
When you fully receive His eternal love you also receive His everlasting life!
“Do this and you will live!”