“Jesus said unto him,Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and all the prophets.” (Matthew 22)
“Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.” (Romans 14)
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1)
I have learned in my many years of Bible study and walking with Christ, that when the Scripture say, ” Jesus said,” I should “Take heed,” “I should behold.” That is not to say that others words in Scripture are less valid or less important. “All words are pure words,” “All [S]cripture is given by the inspiration of God.” I am simply stating that when the Captain of my Salvation speaks, I listen and take not.
In the (1st) passage above, “Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God …with all thy mind. The (2nd) second passage states one must be “fully persuaded,” and the (3rd) third passage warns us against being double minded and being careful with other double minded persons.
The passages above are all driving at one point. The point that Scripture is making is this, To do something properly and successfully one must be “all in.” “With all thy mind,” “Fully persuaded,” and no double mindedness. This truth is applicable to everything in life. If there were a “key to success” this would be it. This speaks to the moment that you move from thinking or wishing to knowing.
This is true of our salvation. Paul says it this way, “…I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that [H]e is able to keep that which I have committed unto [H]im…” Paul with all his confidence tells Timothy that there is no doubt in his mind that Christ is able to keep and preserve his soul against the day of his home-going. Paul had no doubt that he had a soul and that his soul is everlasting and ever-living and he has trusted Christ with the possession of so much value. He is all in. He knows that Christ died at Calvary for his personal sin and sins. He Knows, as a matter of fact, as his faith is the evidence as well as God’s honouring of that very precious faith, which is iworth so much.
The Lord ponders the value of the soul in Scripture. He makes the startling observation that an individual’s soul is worth more to the individual than the entire world and all that it offers. He tells us that a person may have the entire world at his feet, but what does all of that really matter if when he dies he loses it all just to spend eternity, outside of God’s mercy and kindness, in hell? Not only does our Lord teach this to us but He shows us by way of His example.
When our Master was in the wilderness, He, too, was offered the entire world and all it’s kingdoms and all that goes along with it. Yet our Master, our Example, did not take the offer, for “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and [H]im only shalt thou serve, ” said he to the tempter. Please note: His answer hearkens back to the first of God’s commands, therefore to worship God and God Alone is equal to loving Him with all thy mind, from what our Lord has said in our first passage above.
To love God with all thy mind is to worship Him rightly and to worship God rightly is to love Him with all thy mind…with everything you have inside of you….to truly love God is to love God greatly and to love Him above all else and all others.
As was written above, being fully persuaded in our minds is being all in. We stated that this is applied to our salvation. This fully persuaded mindset, however is applicable to all of life.
Whether we are taliking about loving God, being a good parent, being a good employee, defending one’s self (One must be fully persuaded if one is to defend one”s self againt an attack. One must also guard that mindset when the attack comes. If attacked one must “hit pause” get into the proper mindset of defense, living, and hurting the attacker, nothing doubting: biting, elbowing, kneeing, using your heel if on the ground, headbutting the nose or jaw, eye gouging, etc. To survive one must have the proper mindset, one must smile, and one must become the predator instead of the prey), all of it depends upon the fully persuaded mindset. I am not talking about “positive thinking,” I am speaking about being determined, I’m talking about being fully persuaded or fully convinced. However, the one ingredient that cannot, must not, be left out is the will of God.
No Christ-ian should be fully persuaded, convinced, all in, lest God is in it. Proverbs 3, “Acknowledge God in All thy ways…” The Christ-ian must never, ever, ever be fully persuaded or do anything with all the heart, with all the strength, with all the mind, lest God be acknowledged and God be in it. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the ends, thereof, are the ways of death.” or failure.
The Christ-ian should know and be fully persuaded that God might put stumbling blocks in the way of the believer, if said believer arrogantly decides upon his own way. In the Old Testament, If Moses or David would decide upon some thing without consulting God, failure was imminent and much was lost.
Reader, Never be fully persuaded on anything, no matter how good it looks or sounds without bringing God into it. As James teaches us, don’t say I will do this or that but instead say, God willing, I will do this or that. Remember, the “I will spirit” was that which brought Lucifer “down to earth.”