And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NIV)
All Of Me
What do you think I am asking of you? What am I requiring of you? I know one thing that is for sure. What’s that? You don’t want a part of me. You don’t want a piece of my time. You don’t want a partial or a half effort from me. What do I want? You want all of me. You want me to be fully devoted to you. How do you know that? You have made that quite clear in your word. How so? Your greatest commandment asks me to love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. Yes, it does. If I follow and obey this command I will be giving myself completely to you. I have only one heart, mind, soul and strength to give. Will you give me all your heart, mind, soul and strength? Yes, I will.
It is no great sacrifice for me to give all my heart, mind, soul and strength to you. Why is that? I want to give everything I am, everything I have and everything I hope to be to you. I don’t feel required to give myself completely to you. It is the joy and desire of my heart to give myself fully you. Why is that? You gave yourself completely to me. You gave all that you could possibly give so that I could be forgiven of my sin and cleansed of my unrighteousness. You made it so I could live a completely new life with you. You became my Savior and Lord. Yes, I did. You loved me first. Your love has drawn me to you. I love you because you first loved me. Yes, I did. My love for you will never end. It was my joy and desire to give myself fully for you. Then you are making me to be like you. How so? We are both filled with the joy and desire to give ourselves fully to each other. That’s right. There is a big difference between you and I. What’s that? You gave yourself perfectly and completely to and for me. I am not perfect in giving myself completely to you. I fall short. I make mistakes. I sin. I disobey. I sometimes wander off, lag behind or run ahead of you. I will need your help to do what pleases you. Will you follow me? Will you do what I ask? Yes Lord, I will follow you and do what you ask. Then you will have all the help that you need from me. You do please me. You will continue to please me.
Lord, I will meet with you in your word so that I can come to know, love, follow and serve you. I will walk reverently before you. In every way I will seek to do what pleases you. Guard and guide me with your word as I serve you with all my heart and soul. Amen
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