Without giving away too much about the Fan the Flame workshop (for those that haven’t attended yet) we talk about the verse from Mark 12:30 which says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength“. What does that look like? Or maybe the better question would be, what SHOULD this look like?
Those that know me, know that I’m a planner and I enjoy knowing what’s going to happen. Going on this trip, it was quite the opposite. I knew very little about what was going to happen and what God was going to show me and others at these workshops. If i’m being honest, at times it was a very unnerving feeling, but along the way I kept getting those friendly reminders from friends and family that simply say, “Trust God. He’s got it.” The verse above says to love God with…ALL our heart…ALL our soul…ALL our mind…ALL our strength. God doesn’t want just a part of us. He doesn’t just want the part that comes to church and serves when it’s convenient for us. He also doesn’t just want our heart, He wants every part of our being.
So I ask the question again, what should this look like in our own lives? For myself I have to learn to give God all of me by giving Him my plans, my desires, my need for control and figuring it all out. It means not relying on my own abilities to make things work, but instead depending on the One who will always provide for me everything that I need of when I need it. Also I need to give God all my love and devotion and rid myself of the things that take my love away from God. At times it can seem like too big of a task to sacrifice all of those things, but if you look at what God has done for us; sending His one and only Son to die on a cross for our sins, it should be a no-brainer. So next time you read Mark 12:30, take the time to really understand what it means for you to love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and with all your strength. At times it won’t be easy, but it’s totally worth it!
Today we arrived safely in Vancouver and we’re looking forward to heading the next workshop tonight in Burnaby!
Till next time!