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Loving God With Everything-Part I
9/14/2009

Loving God With Everything We Have-Part I
Giving God the Best of What We Have to Offer

Jesus said to him, "You shall love the LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the first and great commandment." Matthew 22:37-38 (NKJV)

In a previous series of devotionals on "Faith" I spoke about "Living Faith," or what I like to refer to as, "Walking in Faith."   In that devotional there was an encouragement and a challenge for us to see if we were "All In."  We laid out what it meant to be "All In," which was to love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind, according to what Jesus spoke as recorded in Matthew 22:37-38.  

In this devotional we will lay out a practical way for us to Love God in this way.  The first thing to know as Christians, is that our position is secure in what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary, so we can now take time to get to know the Lord on a personal level and have a relationship with Him.  

When we spend time each day, having a loving relationship with the Lord, we will naturally want to serve Him as a byproduct.  It's like, "Thank You Jesus for saving me, and for loving me in the way that You do.  How can I serve You today and how can I serve others.  I want to be used by You today."

It is only when we have a proper attitude, and perspective on what God has done for us, and we are willing to be used--we're now ready to be All In.  

Q:    I am ready to give my all to the Lord, so what is my next step--How do I live my life now that I am All In?

A:    We give our self fully to God--a "Living Sacrifice."  We can read what this means in Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

It is within these two verses of Romans that we will find 4-elements of presenting ourselves to God as "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable."  The same 4-elements that we are to offer God in these 2-verses can be found in the great commandment; (See Mt. 22:37) they are:

1.    Our souls
2.    Our bodies
3.    Our Minds
4.    Our wills

Let's take a look at how these 2-verses provide a useful outline for grasping how we are to live our lives "All In" as Christian men and women.  Let us start with our first element of how we are to present ourselves to God.

1.    Our Soul must be given to God

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God..." Romans 12:1(a) (NKJV)

Paul's command to "beseech" or urge is to the "Brethren."  That means that he is speaking to Christian believers--those who already belong to the family of God.  We cannot bring any offer to God unless we have first offered Him our very souls.  So for us as believers, this is our first element of "A living, Holy sacrifice," and it has already been presented to God.

An unbeliever cannot give God his body, mind, or will because he has not given God his soul.  I know of people who try to live a "good-life," and they even try to read the Bible at times, but they are unwilling to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and to give God their soul, but this does no good really, because they are not saved.  1 Corinthians speaks of people who attempt to understand the things of God before they are saved and have the Holy Spirit to lead them in their understanding.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

To give our soul--that inner part of man--to God is to be forgiven, to be a part of His family, and to receive eternal life--that is a great reward.  There are others who think that this world has something of great value to give, and they spend their whole lives chasing things that will never last, or fulfill their true needs.  Matthew speaks of this senseless chasing.

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26 (NKJV)

In Part II we will continue to look at the elements that we must offer to God as a supreme act of worship when we are All In.

STUDY QUESTION: What did Jesus ask of those who followers of Him in Matthew 22:37-38?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind?

APPLICATION: Make a commitment today to the Lord to love Him with everything you have.  Tell Him in prayer how you feel about what He has done for you, and begin today to give Him everything back that He has given you, so it can be used by Him.

Father, Thank You for everything that You have given me.  I want to lay it at Your feet today so that You can use it for Your glory.  Help me to be used today for Your purpose and Your plans.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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