“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 NIV)
My lead pastor is famous (infamous) for saying, "What does the word “ALL” mean in Greek or Hebrew?" The congregation then replies “ALL” in a load voice. He goes on to tell us that we are all Greek theologians or something like that. It is usually funny and goes a long way in stressing the small but important words in scripture. The ones that are often overlooked, like “all.”
The word “all” in this passage is important, but so is another small word, “one.” “The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” signifying that God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Spirit (Holy Spirit) are one. The One who is one, “holy love and light is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” I realize that many find it hard to understand the concept of the three persons of God being One, but it is true and right, the Father, Son and Spirit are one.
The important thing however that I wish to stress in this devotional is not the Triune per say, but rather that ALL of God wants ALL of you in this passage. I am to love ALL of God with ALL of my heart, ALL of my soul, and ALL of my mind. ALL of God (Father, Son and Spirit) and ALL of me in communion. God gets ALL of me and I get ALL of Him, whole and whole are then holy. What more can anyone want?
And what does “ALL” mean? What does all of Him mean to you, and all in communion with you?