Loving God and Others with Your Mind
A devotional thought from Trevin Wax for “A Christian Worldview”
As recorded in Matthew 22:34-40, when a scribe approached Jesus and asked Him to identify the most important commandment, Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5, which reads: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Then Jesus added a second commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Do you see the connection between loving God and loving others? One way we love God is by loving our neighbors, and one way we love our neighbors is by loving God.
Notice in Matthew 22:37 what Jesus added to the quotation from Deuteronomy: “with all your mind.” One of the ways we love God is with our intelligence. We love God through right thinking. And since there exists a connection between love of God and neighbor, our right thinking must be directed toward serving our neighbor. Love asks questions. It seeks to understand. If we are to love our neighbors and to show them our own love for God as well as God’s love for them, we need to know them and how they think.
Developing a Christian worldview means having a biblical perspective on life. The goal is not to fill our heads with intellectual knowledge but to love God with all that we are—including our minds. Far from being a sterile, intellectual endeavor, loving God with our minds is one of the ways we show our gratitude for the ability to think and reason. And it’s one of the key ways we move forward on God’s mission to seek and save the lost.
Pause and Reflect
• What are some practical ways for you to love God with “all your mind”?
• How does loving God with your mind lead you to seek to understand the mind-set of your neighbor?
• How can we make sure all of our learning is rooted in love for God and love for others?