The Command to 'Love God' is at root vague and ambiguous. How are we to love God? Is such love something we feel? How many of us have read the words 'with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,' and not felt that perhaps our love for God is not filled with the all-consuming level of devotion that Jesus spoke of. The practicality of it is hard to get hold of.
Clearing the preconceptions from our mental slates is not as easy as it might seem...
It is surprising at first approach to the Commands of Jesus to discover that the command to "love" is not the most frequently given injunction to fall from his mouth. But it is surely the most pivotal and central command laid upon his followers which summarizes and incorporates and draws up into it all his teaching, and all the Commands.
Wherever you and I find ourselves at this moment, we share something in common in connection with the man Jesus Christ.
This is truly the first of the Commands. Its importance is self-evident. The nature of a command requires obedience. A "command" is not a "suggestion." A command is a command. Obedience is compulsory. And yet...there remains such a thing as disobedience.
No name is so familiar to so many as the name Jesus Christ. Familiar...yes. Understood, no.
Hi, I’m Michael Kimball, producer and narrator of the Father of the Inklings podcast.
If you’ve been a listener to this podcast since its inception back in the Fall of 2015 by now you will have experienced 120 episodes dedicated to exploring the commands of Jesus Christ followed by another 120 episodes looking into the commands of the Apostles, all episodes taken from two books: The Commands and The Commands of The Apostles both by Michael Phillips.
So where do we go from here?
Personally, I find the Commands to be an inexhaustible treasure worth hearing and taking to heart on a continual basis. After all, being a follower of Jesus means that we hear, understand and do what Scripture commands. For this reason, I’ve chosen to run through all 240 commands on a one-episode-a-week basis that will be aired every Thursday.
Taking the Tuesday slot will be a new series based on Michael’s book, Jesus, an Obedient Son which strikes me as a natural next port of call. For those of you who enjoy having a physical book in hand when following along I invite you to visit Amazon.com where you can pick up a copy as well as other books by Michael Phillips.
Separation from the world is not high on the list of objectives for third mellenium Christians. Just the opposite.
It might be said that there are two kinds of Christians in the world--bumper sticker Christians and character Christians.
One of the hallmarks of youth is zealous energy and passionate vision. How well I understand!