And he replied, You must 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
In writing out this verse for my study time, the Holy Spirit revealed that is a four fold process to love God. I looked up each word.
- heart - inner, essential part
- soul - essential part, spiritual part of man
- strength - power, vigor -- physical muscles
- mind - the intellect
There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42
Then there was the story of Mary and Martha in Luke in the same chapter. I thought of a woman I had the privileged of knowing just a few years of her life. My husband's grandmother. This woman never owned a dryer and would drag her clean clothes out of her basement, across the yard, to the clothes line - all year long - until her last year of her life (87 yo).
She is what would be consider fanatical about Jesus. As I grow closer to Him, I appreciate her love of Jesus all the more. It was important to her that her grandchildren and their mates know and love Jesus. After she had a stroke and was on her last year - she spoke her mind - she spoke of how good Jesus was - no matter what the conversation was going on around her. Her example reminds me of Mary - choosing the better portion. To be so in love with Jesus that when my mind is not my own, it is on Him. I wondered when do I allow my circumstances to distract me from sitting at the feet of Jesus? Even with that question in my mind, I didn't fully grasp what it meant.