Jesus answered, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
Love is the exact thing God is looking for. It is the currency of Heaven. The Kingdom’s economy is ‘the gold standard’ of love. It’s the way business is done in eternity. Love! Without love, we will arrive as beggers.
God is who we are to target with our love. And the quality of it can be appreciated from its ‘source point’. Heart. Soul. Mind. These are the starting places for our affection. The caliber of our worship is summed up by the word, “all.“ That word has a totality, and a significance to it. It intensifies love to an acceptable place, attitude and climate.
As disciples, who are indeed flawed and unable to function at an appropriate level, we find a place where we can minister from. I can’t do a lot anymore, but I can love. Loving God is something I can do, even with my issues. I can always love. I can always give my all, my heart.
And actually, this disability strips my discipleship to a simpler and basic level. At the “lowest common denominator” my faith remains valid and vital. I love Jesus, even when I can’t be a senior pastor, or teach at my Bible School. Following Him can be done, even with a limp.
Several years ago I sat waiting for my bus at King’s Cross in London, England. I was alone and felt it. I was really despondent. There was a strong sense of brokenness and I was aware of my disability. I sat staring at the floor just in front of me. And in my field of vision, just in front of me hopped a bird with a very deformed foot. Something had damaged him. The thing that profoundly spoke to me was that bird was not at all devastated, not at all. And the Lord spoke to me about that bird, and His comfort pumped through my veins. I felt I was right where I was supposed to be. I had become the ‘crippled’ sparrow, and I would follow, even with a limp.