Give Him Your Best, Not Your Leftovers!

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: (5) And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6.4-5

Sometimes we read an Old Testament passage and think to ourselves, “That’s not for me. I’m not a Jew.” But consider this passage from this perspective. God was speaking to His “chosen people” in the Old Testament. Allow me to be so bold as to suggest that those of us who are following Christ in the New Testament are His chosen also. These verses are not a “singular” reference to loving the Lord. When Jesus was asked in Matthew 22 about the “great commandment, here was His reply: “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? (37) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22.36-37).
So the question becomes a little more pointed for us …  what does it look like when New Testament Christians obey this verse as best we understand it? A few things become a little significant for us on a daily basis: (1) we consciously make a concerted effort to love other members of the family of God (Matthew 22.39). People don’t have to APPEAR lovable in order for us to love them, since love is a choice. (2) Loving God is a TOTAL commitment of WHO I am to to the God Who saved me. I don’t know about you, but when I see things “half done” in the name of Christianity, I am disgusted. Christ did not make a half-hearted commitment to the cross because it demanded ALL of Him. When you and I determine to serve God, let us do so with excellence, no mediocrity, Just My Thoughts  …

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