Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall retrun to Me with their whole heart (Jeremiah 24:7).

As I read this verse in Jeremiah I am reminded of this verse from Jesus himself in Matthew.

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).”

What does it mean to go after God with your whole heart? For that matter, what does it mean to love God with all your mind or even strength?

These are questions one must strive to understand as he becomes a follower of Christ. God calls us and equips us with His Holy Spirit and then tells us to love Him completely. This is not a “follow the rules so you can say you’ve done it” kind of love but one that puts, in its proper place, the rule of Jesus in our lives.

“But seek first the kindom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).”

This summer we’ll be teaching through Matthew 5-7 with our youth group on Sunday nights and this is one of the main things we’ll be trying to unpack. From Jeremiah we get a principle to be followed 24/7 and from Jesus we see it confirmed and lived out as an example for us.

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