“Love the Lord your God… with all your mind.” (Mark 12:30)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Quite contrary to the accusations of the critics and skeptics of this age, Christianity is an intellectual religion. God is the greatest intellect of the universe and he wants his people to be a thinking people. He has given us the Scriptures so that we can understand the world from God’s perspective. Over the past two millennia, a great number of books have been written by people of various races and cultures that serve to enlarge our understanding of the Scriptures. The Scriptures themselves are worthy of a lifetime of study. A person can read one passage and think that he or she has come to a full understanding only to return again and find new truths never seen before. The New York Times Best Seller List gets it wrong every year. The Bible has been the number one best seller and most read book of the planet, every year, year after year, for two thousand years. We are not illiterate fools, as its critics like to believe.
Loving the Lord with our minds means that we must engage with a wealth of Christian teaching beginning with the Bible and extending to the teachings of the church throughout the ages. We must think critically about what we believe and begin to ask the interesting questions God is waiting for us to ask. We must become seekers of truth who explore the deeper meaning of life in full expectation to find what we are seeking. When Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you,” he was not giving his followers a blank check to fulfill their carnal cravings, but was promising them that if they began seeking after the treasures of the kingdom of God, they would surely find them.
Lord, become my teacher. Prepare my mind to understand the great truths of life. Help me to begin exploring the depths of Christian teaching, beginning with the Bible. Move me forward, step-by-step, until I mature in my thinking.