Thursday, September 22, 2011

With All Your Soul

In Matthew 22 a Pharisee asked Jesus which commadment of the Law was the greatest.
In response Jesus said,
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your mind."-verse 37

the word soul is thrown around often.
everyone seems to have their own definition.
some try and seperate it from the body and claim it is only spiritual.
others say it is just an abstract thought.
but today I read something that summed it up pretty well for me.

in the devotional
Worship the King by Chris Tiegreen
he wrote:

"The soul is hard to define, but God doesn't really ask us to define it.
He asks us to love Him with it.
He tells us that our life is all about Him.
That affects our commitments, our passions, our drives,
our motives, our thoughts, our feelings, our will, and our ways.
Our whole personality is to revolve around Him as the earth revolves around the sun.
Our soul is the center of our lives, and He is to be the center of our soul.
When we dive deep down inside, we should find Him there.
That's what it means to love Him with our soul."

that's how this world will come to know who Jesus is.
Jesus was, is, and always will be set apart, holy.
we need to live as though our soul is the temple of Jesus.
can you imagine?
it's a challenge I know. I can't pretend I live this way.
but through prayer, investing in the Word, and fellowship the Holy Spirit will have His way.

if you're on the same page as me you need a soul check.
spend some time with the Lord asking Him to cleanse your soul.
ask to be refined so that He may live more fully in your soul.
and pray for one another as this task is of no ease.