When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). But what does it mean to love God with all of your mind? Here are three suggestions for ways to use your mind to bring honor to God.
In this day and time, there are a plethora of resources available for gleaning truth. Books can be bought, borrowed, or read online. Blog posts, videos, speeches, classes, and sermons can be found in abundance. But a word of caution is warranted here. Don’t just read or listen to whatever is popular or trendy. Be discerning about what you feed your mind. Know who you’re reading and listening to. Fill your mind with truth.
Ultimately, the Bible is the best source of truth, but there are other valuable resources as well. Read books that have stood the test of time. Listen to solid, biblical teachers. Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:31b-32.
So, filling your mind with truth is one way to honor God with your mind.
In addition to feeding your mind with truth, intentionally invest time in learning. Make a plan for reading and learning about topics that will help you grow as a person. Such areas may include personal interests or skills, professional development, spiritual growth, or even hobbies. Pursuing learning in any or all of these areas can be a way to love God with your mind. God has created us with the ability to learn and be creative. We should not waste those abilities but rather develop them fully through learning. Likely, we will not learn as much as we can unless we plan to do so. Having no plan usually means planning to fail. In other words, if we aim at nothing, we usually hit it. So plan intentionally in the area of learning. Read, listen, watch, and grow. Be a life-long learner. Make a plan for what you will seek to learn this year. Pursuing knowledge is a way to love God with our minds.
Using what we know to help others is a means of loving God by bringing Him glory. Think about how you can use what you know to serve others. Discipling, mentoring, and teaching are ways to help others grow in their faith and in knowledge. Teaching someone a skill you know is a way to serve. As we serve others, we serve God. Ephesians 5:16 refers to “making the best use of the time.” Using what we know to help others is one way to make the good use of our time. Think about ways in which you can share what you know with others whether one on one, in a small group, or in a class. The book of Luke reminds us that much is required from those who have received much (Luke 12:48). We are accountable to use what we know in ways that will honor God. Sharing our knowledge with others in service to them is one way to love God with our minds.
So be intentional to love God with your mind by feeding your mind with truth, investing time in learning, and using what you know to bless others.