"He answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your souls and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27
This expert in the Law knew the right answer. He knew God's Great Commandment by heart and could quote it on cue. But he also proves just knowing what is right doesn't automatically result in doing what is right. Being made right leads to doing right.
You are eighteen inches from being made right. That is the distance from your head to your head to your heart.
What needs to happen in order to be made right?
Ask the "expert" who was eighteen inches from being right. He had head knowledge but was obviously lacking heart knowledge.
Being all right involves being all in!
I love the story about a champion pole vaulter who stood 5'10" but could clear the bar at 16'. Once, after he had made a record-setting vault he was asked what his secret was for soaring so high. His answer was inspiring! He said, "Well, I just throw my heart over the bar and my body always follows!"
He was a record-breaking pole vault champion because he had his heart into his sport! There was no eighteen inch gap in that young man's life!
You can only be successful in pole-vaulting when you are all in!
Likewise, you can only love God if you are all in - heart, soul, strength and mind because only when you are all into loving God can His love be all into you!
THAT is the difference!
You will notice the difference because you will find yourself caring about others as you previously only cared about yourself. When God's love is in you His love will flow through you toward others.
Are you all in?
Do you love God with all your heart?
Do you love God with all your soul?
Do you love God with all your strength?
Do you love God with all your mind?