Monday, February 07, 2005

RE: Loving God with All That We Have

Good morning. It is a colder and snowier day in Nebraska. The memory verse at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church this week is Mark 12.30: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. As followers of Jesus, we are to love God with our entire existence. Jesus said that this is the greatest commandment in the Bible. In 1998, the Dean of Chapel at Calvin College, Cornelius Palntinga Jr. said these words about loving God...

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,
says our Lord (Matt. 22:37). In other words, you shall love God with everything you have and everything you are. Everything. Every longing, every endowment, each of your intellectual gifts, any athletic talent or computer skill, all capacity for delight, every good thing that has your fingerprints on it-take all this, says Jesus, and refer it to God. Take your longing, and long for God; take your creaturely riches, and endow God; take your eye for beauty and appreciate God. With your heart and soul and mind, with all your needs and splendors, make a full turn toward God."

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