Numbers 4:1-5:31 / Mark 12:18-37 / Psalm 48:1-14 / Proverbs 10:26

Standout verse:

Mark 12: 30-31, 33

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.  This is the first command.  And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no commandment greater than these.

(v.33) And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

I love how God is so uncomplicated.  1 Corinthians 14:33 – “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.”  He is straightforward and direct in the things He asks from us.  While He is complex and multifaceted, He isn’t complicated like the enemy would like us to believe. 

These verses clearly lay out His top priorities for us: 1. To love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and 2. To love others as we love ourselves. Pretty simple.  

The enemy fires back with “that’s WAAAAY more complicated than it sounds”, or “That is unrealistic and idealistic”.

The TRUTH is, God wants us to love Him first because it is through our relationship with Him that WE KNOW HIM, KNOW HIS AMAZING LIFE-GIVING TRUTH, and BECOME THE PEOPLE HE CREATED US TO BE.  We will then be better able to actively love and serve others stemming from a place of authentic care, grace and love. 

God’s heart is for people to be others-centered as opposed to self-absorbed and self-centered.  How awesome would the world be if everyone lived that way? God’s ideas are IDEAL and, as we walk closely with Him, they can be real…one person at a time!