Day 5: Love God with your heart and soul

Categories: Next Level Devotional

“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” -Mark 12:30

As you were growing up, I am sure your parents made you, at one time or another, turn to a sibling and tell them you were sorry for something you did. If they’re like my parents, then they even said, “Say it like you mean it.”

Now that I have kids, I do the exact same thing. My goal is not to have them just say the words, “I’m sorry.” I want them to actually be sorry in their heart for what they did.

God is not interested in our lip service. He is not looking for us to just say the right things. Rather, He wants us to believe completely. Lip service is great if you want a lifeless religion.

When Jesus uttered the words “with all your heart, all your soul,” He was taking things to another level. He was giving us the key to the type of faith He is looking for from us.

This verse was Christ’s response to the question, “What is the most important commandment?” The guy wanted to know, if there was one thing he could do, what was it?

Do you love Christ with your words or do you love Him fully and completely? Are you committed to the idea of a higher power in your life or are you committed to giving God all of who you are?

Don’t go through the motions. Rather, make a decision to love God with all your heart and soul.