“Loving God with All of our Mind”

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When our Lord was asked what is the great commandment in the Law, He replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself" (Luke 10:27).

So then, every believer is to aim to love God with all of his heart, his hands, and his head! This unique life is chiefly one of daily mind renewal (Romans 12:2), because he has received the mind of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). This capacity has been provided by the Holy Spirit, so that he may do what he’s been commanded (Romans 1:5). And that is, “to take every one of his thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Therefore, the believer must aim to live the whole of his Christian life with his heart, hands, and head! In more graphic terms, the believer must discipline himself to be primarily a diligent reader of the Holy Scriptures (Deuteronomy 8:3; 1 Peter 2:2; Psalm 1:1-3; and Acts 17:11). However, he is not just to be a voracious reader of his Bible, but he’s also called to be secondarily, and significantly, a reader of all types of well-written literature, that will aid him in the careful formation of his mind toward correct thinking and living. In other words, he is not to shy away from reading well-written, important, popular, and even doctrinal Christian texts; as well as, morally and intellectually beneficial, time-tested secular texts, both of which can assist him in loving God with all of his mind - a practice that both God and Paul endorsed, along with the OT prophet Daniel (Daniel 1:4; cf. Acts 26:14 [Where God the Holy Spirit quotes the ancient writers: Pindar, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Terence]; and 2 Timothy 4:13; Acts 17:28; Titus 1:12 [Where Paul quotes the ancient writers: Epimenides, Aratus, and Cleanthes]). And what will be the believer’s reward for such an mental effort? The acquisition of some new and intimate friends: knowledge, understanding, and wisdom (Proverbs 2:6; 7:4), or as the ancient Greek and Latin writers once called them, the trivium (Latin for “three ways”). These three ways toward true learning were once the accepted form of true education in our own civilization, all the way up until the nineteenth-century. Fortunately, today, these lost tools of learning are once again being discovered! And our children ought to benefit the most from this recovery. This can succeed, if we will receive and apply these lost tools of learning, in both the informal and formal education of our children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:1-4). In doing so, we will also greatly assist our own generation (and the generation to come) toward the praises of the Lord (Psalm 78:1-8; Psalms 127-128)! Finally, let us not forget the following words of Paul, “all things belong to you” (1 Corinthians 3:22) — yes, even well-written non-Christian books! So, let’s go listen tomorrow to the greatest book ever written be expounded, with a readiness heart, hands, and mind, to obey its eternal message (Romans 10:17)!

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