Let’s be honest. For many of us, the Great Commission sounds really good until Jesus gets to the part about teaching. Why would I want to sit under teaching? Isn’t teaching about pumping people full of knowledge? Doesn’t knowledge puff people up?
For many Christians today, thinking deeply and following Jesus have nothing to do with one another. We routinely hear people say things like, “Well, I just don’t want to make the discussion too theological,” as though theology has no place in our conversation and no impact on our lives. Shouldn’t we have a childlike faith? Weren’t the apostles ordinary and untrained men? Yes, we should. Yes, they were, in a manner of speaking.
And yet, when Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He said “The most important one is this: …Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:29-30). If we are to obey Jesus’ greatest commandment, we need to rediscover what it means to love God with a mindful love. If you have ever wondered why Christians should be thinking people, what role theology ought to play in the life of an everyday disciple, or where to begin with a mindful love of God, the course Foundations: Learning to Love God With All Your Mind is for you.