I just read Mark Batterson’s newest book, Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. What a convicting book!!! The author takes an in-depth look at the Great Commandment and how we as Christians should respond to God by truly loving Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and bodies. Reading each chapter just added to the tug on my heart to make some serious changes in the way I live my life. I am afraid that even though I have said on many occasions that I love God with everything, I do not live with the zeal that the Great Commandment carries.
Many times we think of living the Christian life from an abstract paradigm. Batterson defines the concept of living a faith life with “Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear. Obedience equals God-honoring decisions in the face of temptation. And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity in the face of greed.” (pg. 32) When I read that statement, I have to be honest, I felt very small in my Christian commitment. I am one that attempts to rationalize what I do for God. I put the pencil to the paper with my budget in order to know how much I can give to God. I have struggled with the idea of completely walking by faith in my life, rather that be in my financial life, my professional life, or my private life. Living with the concept of complete surrender of my heart at times has created a sense of fear. I thank God that He has provided this book for me to read so that I can see myself on the pages. God has used this book to help me evaluate the level of love that I have for God in all areas of my life.
All through Primal, the author challenges his readers with the idea that our hearts should break for the same things that God’s heart breaks, we should be elated for the same things that causes God to be elated, we should concentrate on knowing God and the things of God, and we should be doing the things that God is doing. Love for God is our response to the love that He has given to us. “In and of ourselves, we’re not capable of loving God. We cannot manufacture love for Him…Religion is all about doing things for God. Christianity is all about receiving what Christ has done for us on the cross. And what we do for God is a reflection of and response to what God has done for us.” (pg. 155) While the author is teaching us these concepts, he desires that they will lead us to a new reformation of truly loving God and not just saying that we love Him.
Primal is an easy book to read. I felt like I was part of the flow of the book from the very first page. Mark Batterson is very creative in his writing style and carries his readers on the journey he is embarking on while communicating very timely and convicting truths.
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Mark 12:30 (NASB)
30 and 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 .’