Heart and Soul and Mind and Strength

McKnight claims “the heart is the center of one’s affections,” “the soul is center of one’s spirituality,” “the mind is the center of one’s rationality,” and “strength refers to our whole being … you body, your ambitions, your dreams, your bank account, your insurance policy, and your talents.” (pp 9 – 10)

He suggests –

  • Give what comes to mind to God by gently offering those affections and persons and ambitions today.
  • Give what comes to mind to God by offering your very soul to God.
  • Give your mind, all you think about today, to God.
  • To love is to give of ourselves; to love God is to give God all we are and all we have.  (pp 9 – 11)

Facing the Day: Offer you love today to God.

Day 2: Loving God

“You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
Mark 12:30

Scriptural Focus: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
Mark 12:29-30

Facing this day: Offer your love today to God.

Moral Danger?

Why would McKnight say “I have been saying the [Jesus Creed] nonstop for five years, much to the moral danger of my own life”? (p 6)

He reports, “To remind ourselves in a sacred rhythm that our central tasks are to love God and to love others is to keep in mind something that is more challenging than anything in life.  It is one thing to do what seems right or good or just; it is another thing to love God and to love others – all day long with every once of my being.”

Reciting the Jesus Creed

I hope you noticed in McKnight’s introduction to the book (page xi) the importance he attached to reciting the Jesus Creed,

“… 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed can [not] be as effective as [it is] intended to be if we do not commit ourselves to reciting the Jesus Creed in the morning, in the evening, and anytime during the day that it comes to mind.”

I guess he wants us to go beyond merely reading about the “Jesus Creed.”

Charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

Day 1: The Most Important Commandments

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord you God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all you might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Scriptural Focus: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:29-31

Facing this day: Recite the Jesus Creed throughout the day.

40 Days Living the Jesus Creed

Beginning January 2 we will begin reading Scot McKinght’s 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed.

Daily (Monday through Friday) I will post the day’s scriptures, and a practice for the day. Dr McKnight calls the practice, “Facing the Day.” We will also post things that catch our attention in the day’s reading. Notice that is “we will post.” I look forward to hearing from you. As we move forward I also hope to have some chat sessions and meet-ups when (and where possible).

Want to join?  There are three ways to participate –

  1. Follow the posts here
  2. Join the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/discipleswalk/
  3. Join our Google group/mail list at http://groups.google.com/group/40-days-living-the-jesus-creed (you can subscribe to the mail list by sending an empty email to 40-days-living-the-jesus-creed+subscribe@googlegroups.com )

Charles

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}