Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment…” (Matthew 22:37-38, emphasis added)

Facebook. Twitter. Snapchat. Instagram. LinkedIn. YouTube. Netflix. Are these names familiar? Many of us are engaged with one or more of the aforementioned. We receive our news from our timelines. Our updates come through our 140-character feeds. We binge on our favorite shows. Our personal and professional connections are established and fostered. With all these different media we have, have we considered how they might be impacting our livelihoods as believers?

If we are committed to loving our Lord with all of our being, we must be committed to cultivating and sharpening that which the Lord has given us: our mind. Many of us have not considered how we glorify God with our entire mind; and thus, we do not challenge ourselves to strengthen an important part of who we are.

How often do you read? What do you read? What preachers (or speakers) do you listen to the most? Do they challenge your intellect, as well as inspire you? Do you accept everything that CNN or MSNBC says? Or do you investigate and analyze stories for yourself? When was the last time you conversed with someone who looked differently than you? Could you name the last time you went to a museum, a symphony concert, or took a class?

Our Creator has given us a beautiful gift. Are we being good stewards over it? We glorify God by thinking critically through issues that affect other people. He is magnified when we study and investigate the scriptures for ourselves, not relying, solely, on a quick-fix sermon preached by the pastor. Our tolerance for reading the scripture is enlarged when we engage with activities that strengthen and stretch our mind. The Lord’s compassion is instilled within us, our biases are agitated, our bigotries are confronted, and our perspectives are broadened when we read/hear the words of those who may believe or live differently than we do; we are able to sympathize, or empathize, with their situations. Our attention spans while reading, studying, listening to the Word, or being in worship, will be elongated and disciplined when we care for gift we have been given.

How we treat the gift we receive from someone tells us a great deal about how we view the person who gave the gift. Let us honor the Lord with all of our mind.