why we are to love God with ALL our being and doing (and love our neighbor as ourselves)

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘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 mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Recently I was struck at the emphasis of this command,that God alone deserves our complete devotion in love in our being and doing. Lois Tverberg in her most helpful book, Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life put me on this track. It is suggested at least from one Jewish source that the best understanding of the Shema is that since Yahweh, or the LORD alone is God, the LORD alone deserves our full, complete devotion. And following the same thought, since our neighbor is like us (we can say, a human being made in God’s image), we’re to therefore love our neighbor as ourselves.

It is not that we are going to be perfect in this, but this should be and comprehend our life goal and passion in and through Jesus.