Monday, October 06, 2008

Why God Wants All of Me

A friend of mine texted me today to let me know that he had not been fired over a poorly made decision at work. His decision was not malicious, it was just poorly thought out. It was the end of the day on Friday he was worn out and his blood sugar was low and in a moment of lesser thought he made a decision he regretted only moments later, and was thankful today to let me know the consequences were not more outstanding. Like my friend, my body often causes me to act contrary to how I know I should behave. Likewise my Spirit and my mind do not always agree.

Our body, mind, and spirit are all realized perfectly in the 3 persons of our triune God. In the person of God the father, we see the very mind of God. In the person of Jesus, God the son, we see God's physical presence. In the person of God the Spirit, we see the dimension of God's spiritual manifestation. We are truly made "like us in our image" as the Godhead agreed to do in Genesis 1.

Yet, in the perfect triune nature of God, He is always in agreement. There is no challenge for control in God. The father does not usurp authority over the son, the son does not act independent of the father, and the spirit too aligns perfectly the will and activity of the father and son.

That fact inspires me to understand why God leaves us with the words of the greatest commandment. "Hear, O Israel: The LORD (YHVH) our God, the LORD (YHVH) is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart (Spirit) and with all your soul (Mind) and with all your might(Strength). " Since there is no division in God and his body does only that which is in perfect agreement with his mind, which is at perfect peace with his spirit. That means that all of God loves me with the radical love that caused Jesus to give up the wealth of heaven for less than the poverty of humanity, but a humanity destined for death to self. God loves me with the kind of love where the master becomes the slave. God loves me with the kind of love that cost heaven it's beloved on a gamble for the earth. God loves me with all his heart, soul, and strength.

The invitation is to allow my lover to come in to me, and prove his love by placing the seed of his love to be formed as a new life inside me, a life that loves him with all my body, mind, and strength.

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