God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of being a Christian, I warn you: you are embarking on something that is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. – C.S. Lewis
30 Love the Lord your God….with all your mind…–Mark 12:30
In our generation today, we hear a lot of Christians professing that they love God. But when they are asked of who is this God and the Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that they are talking about, they could not explain about Him more than their story of salvation.
God designed us, the human beings to have a mind. The mind that enables us to decide and choose rationally is one of the things that differentiate us from the animals.
Merriam-Webster defines mind as the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers.
If I were to rephrase the commandment of God, “Love God with all you mind” (Mark 12:30) in the context of the Merriam-Webster definition, it will be this way…
“Love God with the way we think, the way we reason, the way we feel and the way we remember.”
Every one of us, Christians, has our fair share of stories about or salvation and the turning point moment. But our next responsibility then is, how do we testify especially in the world where many are sceptics about Christianity?
Apostle Paul was not a newbie to this situation. Acts 17:10-12 would tell us of his journey and Silas in Berea where the Jews there did not simply accept the teachings of Paul but they examined the Scriptures every day. As a result, many of them including a number of prominent Greek men and women believed.
During the time of Apostle Peter, when many Christians were discouraged because of the persecution that they were going through, Peter told them this message,
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”- 1 Peter 3:15-16
I am sure you have been hearing the line “Love God intelligently”.
As we continue our pursuit to be more effective in our walk with Christ let us love Him intelligently.
Like a lover who’s eager to know more about his loved one, he inquires, researches and spends time to know more about her.
Same thing with our love for Christ, we need to inquire, research and spend time with Him.
His heartfelt love letter to us, The Bible, is our main tool.
Meditate on it!
May we altogether grow more in love with Him in an intelligent way!