Saturday, August 28th, 2010
"Jehovah our God is one Jehovah, and you must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind and with your whole strength" (Mark 12:29, 30)
Jesus was asked what was the most important of all laws. Not only did Jesus give the answer; he lived it. He set the ultimate example in loving Jehovah with his whole mind, heart, soul, and strength. He showed that integrity is expressed, not in mere words, but in positive actions that spring from pure motives. Our keeping integrity calls on us to follow in Jesus' footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) Here, then, is the essence of our integrity in the Scriptural sense: whole-hearted devotion to one heavenly Person, Jehovah God, and to his expressed will and purpose. Keeping integrity means that in our day-to-day life, we will seek above all to please Jehovah God. Our priorities in life will reflect his priorities.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 1:7, 8)
When you think about this command from that perspective, it really impresses on you just how important whole-hearted "love in action" is, rather than just "feeling" or vocally "expressing" love for God. Jehovah has never given anything but "the best" when it comes to what he's done for us. I heard a really great point mentioned in a talk awhile back about how everything in creation testifies to just how "whole-hearted" Jehovah is in all his undertakings. When you look at the creation within our universe and the earth, you can tell it wasn't something that Jehovah just threw together on a Monday morning or a Friday afternoon. lol.
So after all He's done for our benefit, if we put our *own* priorities in 1st place, while putting Jehovah's priorities in 2nd place, (trying to squeeze them in to fit around all our other plans), then, according to this verse, we do not truly love God.
Which isn't a surprise, since it's pretty easy to understand why Jehovah wouldn't be happy with half-hearted "token service" compared with someone whose really putting their whole heart & soul into spiritual endeavors...(since you can tell a major difference just by their demeanor and attitude, which is enthusiastic and focused on their goal...despite limited ability or success). I wouldn't be happy either if someone said they loved me but was always spending time *away* from me doing other things and spending time with other people,...or if they came around only out of a sense of obligation and always acted like they couldn't wait to leave so they could get back to their *other* priorities.
And since the preaching and disciple-making work was Jesus' #1 priority in life, it's pretty obvious what Jehovah wants our #1 priority to be. It would be pretty sad if he had to actually make "the stones cry out" (Luke 19:40) because his Witnesses were neglecting to do it. (although that would be a pretty funny sight to see) lol. =)