Meatloaf sang "I want you, I need you, but there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you, don't be sad, 'cause two out of three ain't bad.”
A song slaps you in the face. Why would anyone settle for two out of three. What a picture of our culture (then) - giving up the God-given beauty of love in committed relationship for the passion of the moment.
But I've often settled for less than God's best, and handicapped my own joy. Not to mention that when my God-focused joy is greatest, God is most Glorified in me, and His light shines brightest for others to see Him.
“One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “ (Matthew 22:35–38, NASB95)
Love God. Three things – all our heart, all our soul, and ALL OUR MIND.
Did you see the sign on the sanctuary door, “Check mind at door. Only faith may enter.” You didn’t? I sure did when I was a new Christian 40 years ago. Faith doesn’t mix with evidence and reason – that’s the impression I got. Fortunately a book, “Can Man Live Without God” by Ravi Zacharias, introduced me to the richness of worshipping God with all my mind.
Few would dispute our culture is fast tracked to hell. One mission of the church is salt and light – a civilizing and evangelical influence, but our light is flickering and the salt isn’t salty. Could it be we’ve settled for two out of three in knowing, worshipping, and being empowered by God?
Are you loving God with all your mind?