“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
United as a Whole
What comes to mind when you think of “unity”? Are you thinking about principles like racial unity or oneness within the body of Christ? These are both excellent ways to understand the notion of togetherness and how it plays out within our world and church. Today’s passage is where we learn what it means to truly love God with all you are…and how we can teach others to do the same.
But where does the concept of unity come from? And how can it guide us, both as individuals and as a church? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 shows us how.
From The Overflow
The idea of unity draws up ideas of completeness, wholeness, harmony, and synchronization. And when we study more about who God is—as the Trinity, all three in one—we learn so much about how God the Father, Son, and Spirit are unified in their essence and being. So, this idea, “The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” reminds us of His ultimate supremacy and worthiness as Lord.
And out of His sufficiency and sovereignty comes the overflow of His love for us. It’s a perfect and unconditional love only found through faith in Jesus.
Finding Our Purpose Here
From that unity within the Godhead comes the unity within our own purpose as creations of the Creator: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Because He loves us with all He is and all He has, we are able to enter into right relationship with Him through the Son. As Christ modeled complete devotion to the Father, we grow in our abilities to do the same. And as we grow, we are called to lead others to do just the same.
We’re created to be a unified front that loves Him with everything we are: all our hearts, souls, and strength. In this alone we find our meaning, joy, and ultimate fulfillment. May we continue to dive even more deeply into His love for us, that others may be influenced to do the same. He is love embodied; the more we learn about Him, the more we love about Him.
Take a moment to consider the areas of your life that you have surrendered to Jesus, as well as the parts of your world that are a bit harder to hand over to Him. Is it with your time, treasures, talent, or testimony? What next step do you need to take in order to love Him with all that you are?