• Courtney McLane Mize


What does The Greatest Commandment really tell us?

Happy Monday everybody! I hope everyone is off to the start of a great week, and if you are here in Nashville...GO PREDS! Today's daily verse on my bible app is one that we have heard time and time again, but every time I come across it, I am reminded of how quickly I seem to forget it when I am in the throws of this thing called real life...

"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38

Anyone who has grown up in church, or attended a church of any kind, has probably heard this verse. I mean, it is the greatest commandment after all. But if we take a second to pause and think about how this verse fits into our lives, what would we come to realize? Would we be able to confidently raise our hands and say "Yep, that's me. I love God with my whole heart, my whole soul, and my whole mind, every single day! Every part me of loves every part of Him 100% of the time, no doubt." I know I wouldn't have that answer. (And I genuinely applaud any of you that would! Teach me your ways!) You see, we hear the same verses from this beautiful book time and time again, and after a while they start to become more like quotes we would see on Pinterest then standards for how we live our lives. Most people, especially here in the bible belt, would say they are a Christian. They believe in God. Most of us who are Christians would say that we love the Lord, and I would never doubt anyone who says they do. But what about aligning our hearts, our minds, and our souls to fully love Jesus? How often does that happen? In all transparency, I can tell you that happens for me, it happens much less often than it should.

We live in this world where every day there is another bombing, another attack, another mass of innocent lives taken away. Every person has an opinion on how to run our country, our society, our government. Every family faces financial struggles, grim health diagnoses, and relational differences. We might know in our heart that we love the Lord, but what about when we come home day after day feeling completely unsatisfied with our job? Or when we come home after finding out that we lost our job? Does our mind truly love the Lord then?

What about when we see everyone getting married and starting families, but can't find anyone of our own? Or when we are in the thick of a nasty divorce with no end in sight? Do our hearts feel unending amounts of love for Jesus, or an unsettled confusion about whether or not He is working in our favor? We hear the greatest commandment all the time, but we fall short of following it most of the time. The verse starts off with, "Jesus replied..." I don't know about you, but when the bible quotes Jesus directly, I don't take it with a grain of salt. There is a reason that he wants our hearts, our minds, and the depths of our souls to align and look to Him....He is the most important thing we will ever need. So tonight, whether you've spent all day in the word or haven't spoken to Jesus once, take a minute to focus on Him. Give yourself a moment to breathe, let go of all the stresses this Monday has brought you. Close your eyes, relax your mind, and let the only thing enter be the name of Jesus. Calm your heart. Feel every beat and remind yourself that is Jesus living in you. Focus your mind, focus your heart, and naturally your soul will fall in line. Even if it only lasts for a minute, let yourself truly live out the great commandment today.