All your might!

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB

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noun: might
great and impressive power or strength, especially of a nation, large organization, or natural force.

I finished reading Deuteronomy 6:5 when my thoughts focused on the words "shall" and "might", two powerful words.

"Shall" is an action word which is very assertive, authoritative. The word leaves no room for selfish opinion which can lead to disobedience. From the very beginning, Moses makes it clear that God instructs His people to love Him. Interesting that God chose three words which reflect the three main components of a person's  nomenclature. What one can imply, God's intention is to summon or call His creation to Him. For what? To love Him as He loves us.

The second word "might" is what first captured my attention. It is interesting that the meaning is not suggesting an invitation of which the recipient has an opption to choose, but rather, implies one respond with action. Action which is expressed from a powerful response originating out of the very fiber of one's being. Not just a passive action which originates from a sluggish, empty response of a sluggard empty of understanding, but, an the action of a greatful son or daughter of whom responds out of a desire to bring honor to his or her father. Having knowledge of and the experience of having received a love of which has no condition, except, return it with thanksgiving.

I honor my Father when I actively, with intention, love Him. This instruction from Moses, a messanger of God, implies loving God requires a response that does not reflect any selfish motive, but unselfish, sacrificial, purposeful.

The source of power which originates such a response, the surrender of self will. Self will simply defined, heart, soul, and might.

What motivates your heart, soul, and might? Well, anything that can gratify. Needs vary generally depending on circumstance, environment, and motive.

Be careful of the choices you make. What is happening?  What is your environment like? and What is motivating you? Do the answers to these questions reflect love for God, love for others, and love for self?


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