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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Section 11, Chapter 1

Loving Jesus With All Your
Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength

Page 1 of 2 pages
Study Questions

Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30,

"And you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART, and with all your SOUL, and with all your MIND, and with all your STRENGTH."

What does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength? To answer this question, we first need to go back and review our basic definitions of these words as given in Section 1, Chapter 7. They are the following:

Manís Spirit is the means by which he has God-consciousness and is able to communicate with and have relationship with God. It is also the means by which man receives Godís will and plan for his life. Finally, it is the vehicle through which spiritual gifts are given and manifested. (1 Cor 2:10-15).

Manís Soul is the means by which he has self-consciousness. Second, it is the medium between the spirit and the body. Third, it is what man becomes and manifests through his physical body in personality, vocation, and lifestyle as a result of heart response to, one, what he has learned through his mind body, conscience, and emotions; two, through what he has received from God through his spirit; and three, as a result of those abilities and talents God has chosen to give him individually.25 This is the reason for the resurrection: so man can continue to give expression of his soul-life through his body. In hell one continues to have self-consciousness, but opportunity to give expression of that soul-life is forever ceased which is what is meant by the destruction of the soul: no means to develop or give expression of the soul-life.

Manís Body is the means by which he has world-consciousness and is the means by which he relates to and communicates with the physical world through his five senses. Second, it is the means through which his soul carries out Jesusí love and plan for his life outlined in the Bible and revealed through his spirit through union with the Holy Spirit.

Manís Heart, the essence of his soul, is the part of man which decides how he will respond to what he has learned through his spirit, soul and body; through his mind, through gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, through the promptings of his conscience, and through his emotions. It is the volitional part of man.

Manís Mind an organ of the soul, is his computer by which he stores information gained through his five sensesóthe body, spirit, soul, conscience, heart, and emotions.

Second, before we can go further in dealing with each of these aspects of mans personality properly, we need to ask the question, what is the heart of Jesus? Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:9,

"The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance."

Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4 that God desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. The heart of Jesus, His most important priority in the Church and in our lives individually is Evangelism: bringing men and women to saving faith in Him.

WHY JESUS CAME

Why did Jesus come into the world? We read in the Gospel of John,

"Jesus said to them, ĎMy food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, "There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest"? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.í" (John 4:34-35)

Jesus states in this passage that He came to do the will of His Father.

THE WILL OF THE FATHER FOR JESUS

What was the will of the Father for Jesus? Jesus gives us this answer in the Gospel of Luke 10:19, "For the Son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."

HOW JESUS SEEKS AND SAVES THE LOST

How did Jesus seek and save the lost? Jesus tells us in the Gospel of John 14:6, "I am the way, and the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." The Fatherís will for Jesus was to seek and to save the lost by drawing men and women to Himself.

JESUSí WILL FOR US

Jesusí will for our lives is the same as it was for His life: To seek and to save the lost by bringing men and women to Himself. Jesus states in the Gospel of John 17:18, and 20:21: "As You did send Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.... Peace be with you, as the Father has sent Me, I also send you."

MOTIVATIONAL FOUNDATION OF JESUSí WILL FOR OUR LIVES

Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, states,

"Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and every Christian is under divine orders to be a faithful witness for Christ. Jesus said, ĎHerein is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you prove that you are my disciples.í It logically follows that the most important thing I can possibly do as a Christian is to allow the Lord Jesus Christ in all of His Resurrection power to have complete, unhindered control of my life, otherwise he cannot continue seeking and saving the lost through me."1/2

The Scripture clearly shows us that the foundational motivation for Jesusí will for our lives is asking the question, Jesus in what career, life-style, and relationship with the opposite sex can I best be a light for you?

It is true that Jesus is coming soon, much sooner than any of us think. It is not true that He is coming soon because He wants to judge the world and send everyone to hell. Jesus does not desire to send anyone to hell. When Israel became apostate, turned away from God and focused on their own self-centered interests rather than those of God, God spoke to Israel through Ezekiel the prophet and said the following:

"ĎAs I live,í declares Adonai Yehovah, ĎI take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?í" (Ezekiel 33:11).

God sends no one to hell in pleasure, He loathes this option and only does it because man has given him no other option. Jesus, wants no one to go to hell. He wants men to turn to Him and be saved. But more than His grief over menís lack of knowledge of Him and turning to Him, Jesus is even more grieved over His people daily and deliberately saying no to taking the initiative to weekly go out and share His love and forgiveness with others and warn them of the wrath to come. Only as we take the initiative, volition, to go out and share Jesus with others, can men know of Jesusí love and forgiveness and know how to turn to Him and put Him first in their lives.

The heart of Jesus is Evangelism and if you want to please him, then the focus of your life and free time will be to do whatever you can as an individual with your talents and resources to do Evangelism and deliver others from the wrath of God to come and bring them into His blessed kingdom. With this in mind, we can now go on to discuss what Jesus means by loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.

To love Jesus with all our Heart means to turn our volition to serve him with all our talents and abilities to the end of bringing others to Jesus. When we do this, we are loving Jesus with all our heart. We are also loving Jesus with all our heart when we exercise our volition to obey Him in anything else He tells us to do concerning any detail of our lives.

Our Soul is who we are? Our soul is the result of the decisions we make concerning what our focus in life is to be, the talents we choose to develop, the careers we chose to pursue and how we use our time during the week. Jesus created you and me and when He did He had a created soul-life in mind for you and I individually. To love Jesus with all your soul means to let go of Your plans for your soul life and to surrender to and obey Jesusí instructions for you in the development of Your soul life. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-27,

"If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his soul shall lose it; but whoever loses his soul for My sake shall find it. For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds."

Jesus tells us in this passage of Matthew that if we insist on directing our own lives and pursuing our own choice of soul development that not only in the end will we lose our souls, but we will never know what the soul development was He had in mind for us. We will never know why He created us in the first place. A person who pursues his own soul development is not a happy person because only the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy and peace (Gal 5:22-23). The fruit of the flesh is anger, confusion, frustration and disorder (Gal 5:19-21). Self-rule does not lead to any kind of peace. Since the heart and mind of Jesus is Evangelism, our prayer to Him concerning our soul development should be:

Jesus, in what vocation, life-style and relationship with the opposite sex can I best be a light for You?

"Jesus, what career can I go into where I can best be a light of Your love and forgiveness to others?" Or, "Jesus, how can I best use the talents and abilities You have given to me to bring others to Yourself." Not, "Jesus, I want to make lots of money, buy lots of things and travel all over the world. What field can I go into that will make this possible for me?" Jesus response to this is,

"For what will a man be profited, if he gains the whole world, and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and will then recompense every man according to his deeds."

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