Daily Devotionals

The Gap: Week 2 - Friday

Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what He taught. Luke 10:39

My sister Mary Claire and I are only seventeen months apart. We are also best friends. In many ways, she and I are very, very similar. We often say the same thing at the same time, accidentally dress in the same clothes, and we have even been known to call each other at the same time. I'm not sure why this happens, but it is weird! She and I know each other extremely well. We know each other well because we spend time together. When we spend time together, we learn about each other. We learn about each other's day, what we are struggling with, what we are excited about, etc. We do this because it's only natural when you love someone to spend a lot of time with them and know them well.

In Mark 12, Jesus teaches that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our minds. This means getting to know Him and learning about Him. It also means studying Scripture and truths about God. Loving God with all of our minds is not just for people in seminary or those who are in ministry. It is for everyone. We are all called to love God with our minds.

In Luke 10, Jesus was at the home of His friends, two sisters named Mary and Martha. Mary chose during this time to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him. In other words, she loved Him with her mind. Before the evening was over, Jesus honored her for her decision. He stated that by sitting at His feet and loving Him with her mind, she had done what the most important thing she could have done with her time.

What about you? Do you love God with your mind? Are you spending time learning about Him and the Bible? It is not enough to simply say you follow Him or go to church events. You must also know Him, loving Him with your mind. Loving God with your mind involves reading your Bible, memorizing verses, and taking time to read books about God and the Bible that will help you know Him better. Commit to love God with your mind today.

Moving Toward Action

Loving God with all of our mind means that our love for God consumes our way of thinking. When we love God this way, we spend time with Him and learn more about Him and His Word so that we center our lives around Him. Our greatest passion is knowing Him and getting closer to Him. We can love God with all of our mind in at least three ways: through reading Scripture, prayer, and seeking wise counsel. Take time today to do each of these three things. Spend an extended amount of time reading your Bible to learn more about Him. Spend time in prayer, seeking Him and His will for your life. Finally, if you need to make a decision or simply need good advice, seek out a friend who can offer godly counsel. As you do these things, your life will become centered on God and His Word.

Going Deeper

Read Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”