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Love Me with All That ... And ...

Posted by Colby Kinser on

The Pharisees heard that Jesus had outwitted the Sadducees, so they sent a legal expert to Jesus in order to test him, "Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the law?" (Matt 22:34-40).

Jesus answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Luke's account also includes "with all your mind.") Jesus then claims the entire Old Testament law and prophets depend on this command and the related command to love your neighbor as yourself.

We call this the "Great Commandment," and we have Jesus' own words to justify such a lofty title.

In modern terms, Jesus says, "Love me with all that."

However, Jesus also commands us to follow Him in ways that exceed all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds, and all our strength. In fact, He sends His Holy Spirit in order to make this impossible command possible. He calls us to walk by faith in ways that exceed our own personal capacities

In other words, Jesus says, "Love me with all that ... and trust me beyond all that." Love Me with all of everything you've got that can love. But trust Me even more, trust Me with even more, trust Me for even more.

Love Jesus with every bit of your capacity. But your trust in Him can go far beyond your own capacity. In fact, it must.

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