Your whole self…

What does it mean to truly give your whole self?  Can we really do that?  I mean everything, holding nothing back, give it ALL away to something or someone.  That’s a tall order.

After receiving the word of God personally, Moses proceeds to explain to all of Israel, what God’s top 10 list of behaviors is.  The 10 commandments was given as a way to be Holy.  Keep them perfectly and you are Holy and Righteous in God’s eyes.  (more on that statement below)

He then proceeds to finish with the heart of the matter.  This list is only possible if you obey what is called the “Greatest Commandment”.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deut 6:5-9)

However, when Jesus was confronted to explain the “greatest commandment” he first quoted this scripture but then followed up with “The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

Now this is a wonderful thing to work towards, loving God with physically every cell in your body, every thought in your mind and every ounce of your soul.  But the truth is, we ALL fall short of this call.  While we should never stop working towards this goal, isn’t it wonderful that God showed Grace by allowing His Son (who was capable of such a call) to pay the price for our inability to live up to this call.  Because he paid our ransom, we are free in Christ.

Don’t blow that gift.  Don’t take it for granted and quit trying to love God with everything.  Instead, show Him your gratitude with always striving to improve on that goal.

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