Are we really doing ALL we can?

In the book of Luke, we are commanded to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.  If that was where it ended, we could find ourselves in a bit of trouble.  Have you ever wondered if you really love God with all your heart?  What about mind?  Do we truly love God with all we have?  I would like to think that we do, and if we don’t, we are trying to more and more each day.  The verse does not end there though.

With out asking everyone, I would say that love your neighbor as yourself would cause most of us a problem.  Do you really love your neighbor as yourself?  I think many of us would say yes, and yet, I felt led to really inspect my outlook on this command.  If we take the word neighbor to literally mean the person living next door to us, then I would imagine this command is pretty easy to follow.  When we see what Jesus actually means, it changes things a bit.

Right after this passage, Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Our neighbor is the person next door to us, but neighbor is so much more than that.  It is our friends, co-workers, enemies, the person who cut you off this morning, and the person in the 10 items or less lane with 25 items.  It is the homeless person down the street and the person who does not have time to hear about how much you love Jesus.

These verses are not to be separated…if we really do love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, then we must love our neighbor in the same we love ourselves.  You wouldn’t want you to go hungry, would you?

Derrick