In response to a question about what the greatest commandment is, Jesus said to “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). He created us with a body, mind, soul, and heart. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” knitted and woven together when we were made by Him (Ps. 139:13-14).
Some Implications for Ministry when Taking a Holistic Approach
- God wants to use all of who we are when we serve. Combining all these parts is a guide to how we could best serve based on His design of our lives. It’s what we can call our ministry profile.
- God wants us to care about the whole person in those we serve. Remember the second greatest commandment? We are to love others as we love ourselves (Mk. 12:31). Just as we attend to the whole of who we are, so we should care for the whole person of those whom we serve. As a church we can get caught up in ministering to the spirit, neglecting other areas of people’s lives..