Psa. 119:69 π Prov. 23:26 π Eccl. 12:13 π Jer. 29:13 π Mt. 6:33 π Mt. 10:25 π Mt. 22:37 π 2 Cor. 8:5
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” ( Mt. 22:37; top )
This commandment has seldom been completely obeyed, even by the most renowned Christian leaders. Their status is alien to this relationship with God, which doesn’t identify itself to the surrender demanded in this commandment. Moses’ willingness to give up his place in the Kingdom for the rebellious and unbelievers is foreign to all of us. The fruit of having a heart as soft and merciful as Jesus’ demands a humility rarely seen in Christian circles. Even though the requirement of the commandment is total obedience of all that we are, it sounds like an incredible goal. Yet a totally surrendered heart is the only way of really glorifying God, and this is our primary reason for being here: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God.”
The fulfillment of this commandment means being available at any moment to obey the Lord’s smallest command, without questioning why. “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” ( Eccl. 12:13; top )
The antithesis of this surrender to the greatest commandment by a Christian is:
- Demanding the desires of our hearts. (It may not be in God’s heart.)
- Using God as a way to get blessings. ( “Seek first His kingdom…and all these things will be added unto you. – Mt. 6:33; top )
- Seeing one’s own ministry. (We put our ministry ahead of surrender.)
Scriptural quotes such as “…gave their own selves to the Lord” ( 2 Cor. 8:5 ) and “My son, give Me your heart and let your eyes observe My ways” (not our ways – Prov. 23:26; top ): these quotes show us that if we are to obey this commandment we are to be one with the Lord, and then we will show the same fruits as the Lord did. And if we fail to show the same fruits, it must be we are insubordinate, rebellious and immature Christians.
“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master.” ( Mt. 10:25; top )
“And you shall seek Me and find Me when you shall search for Me with all your heart.” ( Jer. 29:13; top )
Then, “I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.” ( Psa. 119:69; top )
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