Applying the Great Commandment

Today’s gospel reading includes the Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” One way we can love God is by loving what we’re doing, at least as much as that’s possible.

At a natural level, what we’re doing may not be the most satisfying or fulfilling. But we can love God through it. At least, that’s what the apostle Paul suggests when he addresses slaves in his letter to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for people, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.”

I mention this today because I don’t always think of taking out the trash or brushing my teeth or even a lot of the stuff that I do at church as a way to love God (which is embarrassing). Have a great day loving him.

4 thoughts on “Applying the Great Commandment

  1. Oh boy can I relate to that one!! Right now I’m struggling to focus on my work and using any excuse, such as seeing this email come up, to leave work and do something, so much more pleasurable!!

    I try very hard to do my work for God, and most times do it with all my heart, but get very fraustrated when you give and give and all the business wants is more. How do you keep from becoming bitter and stay focused?

    1. Mary,
      This may help you. For a lot of years I have delt with much frustration at work. It seems like I come in first, stay late, work through lunch and at least for the last while, have been the highest producer at my company. Yet I watch other employees get raises, more time off and other “perks” that even when I ask, i am told no. Then to add salt to my injured feelings, my boss continues to tell me that I need to do more–its not enough. I always thought of the parable of the manager and the workers. (you know – the one where the man hires workers in the morning, noon and at the end of the day and then pays everyone the same) I just knew that I was the one that got hired at 8am….then a while ago, i heard someone tell this parable with a twist. He said that all of use were hired a the end of the day. None of us deserve salvation – we are only saved by Grace. We all get more than we really deserve. AND THANK GOD WE DO… If you think of this when you get frustrated at work, you can remember that all God asks is that we do our best work (no matter who you work for). He will give you your reward. You have a greater “payday” than we (or at least I) can even imagine. Don’t let any company make you bitter. They have know idea that they are really nothing. He is everything.
      I hope this makes sense.

  2. I have been seeing everything in my life in a new light, I find myself praising Him for even the smallest of things lately. I have been having a wonderful time lately getting to know Jesus better and truly feeling His love and loving Him in a more deeper way then I thought possible. PRAISE KING JESUS………

  3. Calm, peaceful conversations I have had with Jesus. He is listening. Should I be scared? Should I wonder if this is a calm before a great storm? How do I prepare for that unknown? I find myself trusting, hoping, wanting to follow, to be better prepared. Trying to live with love in my heart, slow to anger, willing to listen, working hard and at times hardly working. Yet as I read this response I still am wanting to change the fact that it isn’t all about me. Yet loving what I am doing, investing in those 28 days and experiencing the change.

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