by Isaac Watson – ATS Graduate Intern
” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” - Matthew 22:37
How many times have you walked out of a movie theater wanting to be like the main character of the film that you just watched? I know I have — movies like Dances With Wolves, Batman, Indiana Jones, Star Wars or Braveheart. I always wanted to be the guy who came in and saved the day, like Indiana Jones, John Dunbar or Han Solo. Who wouldn’t want to fight for independence like William Wallace? For others who are more the romantic type, you might dream of living the life of Rose in the movie Titanic or someone out of the movie The Notebook. It’s important to note, however, that these otherwise attractive characters often use compromising actions — killing, stealing, promiscuity or breaking the law, to name a few.
As much as these heroes may seem larger than life, they of course pale in comparison to the omnipotent God we love and serve. If we are going to accomplish great things for God in the world, we must remember that His holiness calls forth the same from us. The idea that without heartfelt biblical-ethical wrestling we can easily justify smaller crimes (sins) for some supposed greater good, may be a sin in itself. These matters are not to be taken lightly. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He could have simply responded, “Love the Lord your God,” leaving a lot up for interpretation. However, instead He was abundantly clear that we are supposed to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind — pretty much all that we have to offer!
It does not stop there; once we’ve committed ourselves to God, we have to continually do so daily to ensure that we are protected when tempted. This will deepen our relationship with God and enable us to become a fit vessel that He will work through. God has already fully committed Himself to us; the ball is now in our court! And if we are truly rededicating our lives to Christ daily, it then will become easy to practice the second most important commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39 — The Life With God Bible).
Let’s be holy heroes!