In Mark 12:30, Jesus explains that the greatest commandment is to love God with everything you’ve got – with every part of your being. Heart, soul, mind, and strength. Jesus is calling us to live an integrated life. While we may excel in one or two of these areas, it is the exceptional person who has mastered them all.
Our love for God is on display when we show compassion and empathy. When we pause to speak with a neighbor experiencing homelessness. When we take pleasure in giving credit to others over ourselves. This shows heart. And it flows out of a deep and genuine love for God.
We love God with all our soul by engaging in spiritual practices and disciplines like prayer, communal worship, and fasting. And loving God with all our strength means doing hard things, changing our physical environment, finding Him in the places that challenge us.
Christ draws no division between these four elements. And neither should we. Work to excel in all of them. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Engage in practices outside of your comfort zone. Start a small group study. Do a three-day fast. Write a thank-you note. Go for a run or walk in nature. Engage your senses and love God in every aspect of your life.