The version of my bible (new internacional version) says: “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength“.
It´s a very known verse but it had never called my attention as much as it did this last time, so I looked for other possible versions. This is what I found:
“love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.” – The Message
“and you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength” – Amplified Bible
In all of these different versions Jesus is saiyng the same thing….and what I thought was why not jut “love the Lord”? Or “love Him with your heart”? Why is He asking us to do it with these four things? Heart(passion),soul(life),mind(understanding),strenght(energy).
Because only one it´s not enough! Cause the heart it´s not all we have, it´s just part of what we are. When we do something with all of our heart,soul,strenght,energy,passion,life, that´s when we´re using EVERYTHING we have.
God doesn´t force us to be with Him, but if we make the choice of living a life committed to Him and to His kingdom we have to give it ALL! It´s not possible to give part of our time, part of our gifts, part of our emotions. It needs to be every minute of our day till the least of it.
He didn´t think twice to give His Holy Son upon a cross for us. He saw something in us that was worthy to love, to sacrifice. He made plans, He had purposes…what else could we do?
It´s not the best, the easiest or the most precious thing you have, it´s EVERYTHING.
Let´s think about it……