This thought shouldn’t be revolutionary to me. But it did stop me short earlier today. It shouldn’t have. Unfortunately, the fact that it DID stop me short is proof that head knowledge isn’t necessarily enough to make a heart change.
In the Gospels, we are told that a teacher of the law came to Jesus and asked him which law was the most important. Jesus answered –
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
Love the Lord your God. Not be a perfect wife or mother, not keep a perfect home, not be a model employee. Love the Lord your God with EVERYTHING you are.
I waste so much time trying to “fix” or “improve” my life by focusing all my attention on those problem areas/strained relationships/personal weaknesses and get frustrated when I can’t get the positive changes to “stick”.
But my focus is wrong. It’s not that God doesn’t want to affect those areas. He most certainly does. But he wants my priorities to be right. If I can learn to love him with all that I have – my mind, my heart, my soul, my strength – then he will walk through all those broken places and start teaching me, stretching me, empowering me, and motivating me to make the changes as a result of making Him the absolute number one priority in my life.
For so long, I have tried to “be good enough” and all I end up doing is failing those I want to be good enough for and frustrating myself when I do so. This is the key. Loving God the way it is described in the verse above will give him the place in my heart that he needs to effect positive changes in every other area of my life. Think about – focusing on obeying that one law will talk care of ALL the others. (Now to make sure I don’t forget that!)