Sunday Considerations: All of Your Mind

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If Jesus Is Not Worshiped, God Is Not Loved
Jesus is the fullest revelation of God. “Whoever has seen me,” he said, “has seen the Father” (John 14:9). This means that knowing and loving Jesus is the test of knowing and loving God. So Jesus said, “I know that you do not have the love of God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me” (John 5:42–43). His adversaries “do not have the love of God within [them]” because they do not  receive him. “The one who rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16). If they loved God, they would love him. Why? Because he makes God known more clearly and more fully than any other revelation.

Therefore, the main reason Jesus says to love God with all our mind is that the mind is the faculty for thinking about Jesus, and therefore about God. If we did not use our minds to know and think about the fullest revelation of God in the person and work of Jesus, we would not know God. And if we did not know him, we would not love him. And if we did not love him, we would not express his worth in all the other uses of our mind.

Therefore, God has given us minds so that, by thinking with the Spirit’s help, we can know the truth and beauty and worth of God through Jesus and treasure him above all things and spend our lives expressing this in as many ways as our minds can pursue. Or, as I said at the beginning of this chapter, loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.1

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  1. Piper, John (2010-09-15). Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Kindle Locations 1217-1228). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.
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