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

What does your heart want right now? When you stop and think about this question, it’s pretty fascinating. What amazes me is how the answer can change moment by moment. Having just completed a competitive game of Dino Monopoly, I think you know what our six hearts wanted. We wanted to buy all the spaces, collect all the Dino Dollars, and win!

The problem is there’s only one winner, which of course leaves five other hearts disappointed. Fortunately, the sulking of defeat is short lived as little hearts move on toward the desire of a bed-time snack. After the snack comes the desire to NOT go to bed, which certainly conflicts with mom and dad’s desire for quiet. In short time all were tucked into bed, hearts were united in prayer, and good night kisses given. After a long day, a night with my family did my heart good. Now my heart moves toward the desire of rest.

How about you? What does your heart want right now? According to the verse above, God longs for your heart to want Him. With all the desires that come and go, can we say that our heart’s predominate desire is for the Lord? As we continue to “observe all that Christ commanded” (Matt 28), we learn that The Way of Jesus begins with God empowering our hearts as we surrender to Him. I cannot wait to dig into this fundamental and life-giving truth. Take some time to examine and prepare your heart to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Love you Church,

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor