Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
Matthew 22:37 (NLT)
Have you ever felt like something is off or out of place in your life? I think we can say that we may find ourselves there more than we would prefer. Life has a way of throwing “the most'' at us and getting off track is easy to do. When this happens, we often make the mistake of turning our affections towards things that will compete to occupy the spaces in our lives that only a relationship with God can satisfy.
We are spirit, soul, and body. Each part works together. Our Spirit is the place where the presence of the Lord resides when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. It is the Spirit of God that breathes life into us and causes us to come alive and alert to the things of God (Romans 8: 10-11). The soul is the part of us that no one can see (our thoughts, emotions, desires) but because of our human frailty and limitations, our body will often reflect the condition of our soul. When our spirit and soul are misaligned, we will find ourselves drifting which will ultimately lead to disaster overtime.
Consider a vehicle when it is in need of what many dealers refer to as a “recommended” service. I’m no mechanic or technician but I do know that getting a tire alignment will ensure that your tires are pointing in the right direction and properly angled so that you will have a smooth ride and preserve the life of your tires. I also know from personal experience that this service isn’t cheap! And so, it is with us. Loving the Lord according to Matthew 22:37 will cost us something. Our time, our attention, our affection, maybe even certain people or material things.
If we are wavering in any area, we need to stop and make the necessary adjustments through prayer, time spent in the Word, and constant reflection around the areas that we need to improve in. Let’s pay the upfront cost to avoid incurring additional fees associated with forging ahead in imbalance. I pray that we will take intentional steps to get in alignment with God’s plan for our lives. Loving the Lord with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind” is the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:38)