The Greatest Commandment

As of late, I’ve been thinking often of the greatest commandment — ‘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.’ This is the call of the Christian, and it is a call for the totality of love. The total sum of all that makes us human — our emotions, our brain capacities, the function of our limbs and organs and cells, our body language, our desires, our engeries, etc. — is to be poured out in our love for God, coming under the submission of Christ. In a sense, the ‘full’ Christian is continually being emptied. His humanity is being broken down and given up so that the life of Christ can shine all the more brillantly. Everything is relinquished, abandoned, renounced. The believer owns nothing. And, what should he want to possess save Christ — the fountain of all joy — the treasure that transcends all riches? The greatest commandment is the narrow road to an abundant life. It is the highwway of contentment, and all those who walk on it in obedience are led to Christ by Christ. Jesus makes all of this possible. The full life of Christ cannot be experienced unless the “human” life is first drained. Too much of our time and energy is spent playing in the mud when we could be watching the sun come up on the beach.

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