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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
an organ of the soul, is his computer by which he stores information gained
through his five sensesóthe body, spirit, soul, conscience, heart, and
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"
Jesus states in this passage that He came to do the will of
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."
OF JESUSí WILL FOR OUR LIVES
Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ,
"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
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
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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