Deuteronomy 6:4-5 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might."
There is a lot of religious language, phrases that are used as though they are in some way the magical right answer, and if you can give the right answer, its like a password that will gain you admission to places you might want to go, like heaven. You know them, they are notable for what they donít say. For example, many people claim to believe in God, some think this is enough, yet scriptures tells us that even the demons believe in God, and tremble. Faith that saves requires something more than accepting that someone exists.
Again, many people will point to the phrase, I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior; as though this were also a magic phrase. Jesus is Lord, regardless of whether I accept him or not, Jesus is Lord, because he has conquered all opposition, Jesus is Lord, not because of me, but because of what Jesus has done, keeping the law perfectly, conquering sin, death and the devil, sacrificing his life for our sins, opening the gates of heaven, interceding for us before the throne of God. And if Jesus is Lord, because what Jesus has done, so, Jesus is savior, not because I believe in him, but because he has purchased and won for me, and for all forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. Jesus is the giver of the gift, there is no merit, if, seeing the great value of the gift, if I accept what has been freely offered.
For when I accept the gift of God in Jesus Christ, even then it is not something that I do for myself, but rather, the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified me in truth faith, and keeps me in faith unto life everlasting. The Holy Ghost creates and sustains faith, so that when I believe, the credit is not mine, but belongs to God alone.
This day we remember the great mystery of God, the Holy Trinity. Reason will never understand how God can be 3 persons, and yet one God, we accept it by faith, God said it. God doesnít lie. We believe. The real question is, is this important to you? Does it make a difference in your life from day to day, does it give you hope for the future? For there is no doubt that God has demonstrated in countless ways over the course of manner years, His great love for us. The question is not does God love us, but, how do we respond to the love of God?
Even our response is not something for which we can claim credit, for our response to the love of God is a function of the work of the Holy Spirit. The holy Spirit is working continuously in our lives, working our sanctification, that is, working to make us holy, and pure, and like our father in heaven. The Holy Spirit is working to make us into all that a child of God is, by definition. And so, over time, we grow in sanctification, we grow in our ability to respond in love, to the love with which God has first loved us. And that is what our text is all about, it shows us the end of the sanctification process, for in that day, we will truly love God with all our heart , and all our soul and all our strength.
The question that remains is, is there anything which will help us to grow in this love of God? And again our text assists us with the answer, Yes! For the things we value, are also the things we speak of at every opportunity. And so the knowledge of the love of God is communicated, as parents share with their children all that God is, and has done in their lives, on a regular basis, during the course of ordinary daily life. For daily we wake, and have opportunity to see a new day, and know that each new day brings with it countless blessings, and so we begin by rehearsing the blessings with which God has blessed us. Remembering all he has done for us in the past, and knowing as he has blessed us, so this day will also bring new blessings. We eat, and as we eat we thank God for our daily bread, not just food and all the physical things of life, but also for spiritual blessings. We travel, and we remember the other journey, that by faith we grow in sanctification, and into the fullness of what it means to be a child of God. We work, and in the motion of our hands we remember the had of God, which created us, and which daily sustains us. And when our travels are over, or our work is done, we return home, and again thank God who has given us a roof over our head, and walls to enclose our stuff, and that all this, is as we left it.
For when we regularly speak of God and all he has done, we will find that there is much more to say, than the stock phrases used by the world, for the more you talk about something, the more you understands it and appreciate it, and love it. And as we speak, we share the love of God with others, to encourage them and show them the way of salvation, and the wonder of the 1 God in 3 persons.