November 6, 2014
It’s a little word and it has a huge meaning. For example, “I love God with all my heart, but…” “I trust God to provide everything for me, but…” “I know that God is my life, but…” Unfortunately, everything we say before that little word, is wiped away by whatever we say after it. It’s as if we’re saying, I know God is all powerful. I know He’s ever present. I know He can do all things. But…I’ve got this covered.
What better example do we have than Jesus Christ, who said, “I can of mine own self do nothing…because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5:30) The “but” in this case points to the whole power behind everything he did: his Father’s will.
You and I have the same Father, and His will is as clear and as love-impelled for us as it was for His beloved Son. We can lose nothing except fear, by trusting God completely.
The two Great Commandments that Jesus made plain to his followers – to love God with all the heart, all the soul, all the mind, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself – have no caveats, no buts. (Luke 10:27) Consistency in living these spiritual laws as Jesus taught will conform us to receive the blessings he bestowed on the faithful.
This is not too much to ask. Especially when you remember that God has no buts in His love for us. It’s simply eternal and unconditional. (Matt 5:45)
So, let’s say it together: I love God with all my heart. Period. I trust God to provide everything for me. Period. I know that God is my life. Period. And then let’s go about our day as if it’s true. No buts.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.