When asked by the scribes which commandment was the greatest Jesus responded by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mk. 12:30).” What Jesus gives us in the first commandment is a picture of completeness. He gives us a picture of what it looks like to love God – with the entirety of ourselves. It is a command to love God completely. Mankind is to love God with all of his being – heart, soul, mind and strength.

We get the part about loving God with our heart, soul and strength pretty well. But loving God with my mind? What does that even look like anyways? Contrary to what we might think, God has a lot to say about our minds and how we can and are to love Him with it. Paul says in Romans 8:6 that “to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” So what we set our mind on can lead us to death or life. What I think about with my mind can determine my future. That is pretty serious! Paul later says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what the will of God is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The way to transform from conformity to the world and to conformity with the will of God is by the renewal of your mind. Our mind plays a significant role in our lives and in our loving God. It plays a role in our obeying the greatest commandment – to love God.

Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God by John Piper seeks to show us how it is that we can love God with our minds. In true Piper fashion, Piper wants us to love God with our minds because thinking properly brings glory to God.

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Here is the publishers description of the book and then a short video below of Piper describing the book himself:

John Piper’s newest book will help Christians think about thinking. Focusing on the life of the mind helps us to know God better, love him more, and care for the world. Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. Piper contends that “thinking is indispensable on the path to passion for God.” So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of mind and heart, thinking and feeling?

Piper urges us to think for the glory of God. He demonstrates from Scripture that glorifying God with our minds and hearts is not either-or, but both-and. Thinking carefully about God fuels passion and affections for God. Likewise, Christ-exalting emotion leads to disciplined thinking.

Readers will be reminded that “the mind serves to know the truth that fuels the fires of the heart.”

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