Matthew 22:37 (KJV)
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.
The phrase “all or nothing” has become popular in business, sports, and many other areas of life. We are constantly challenged to “go big or go home.” But how does that mindset fit into our walk with God?
In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us that we should be fully devoted to our relationship with the Father. He specifically mentions every part of our being—heart, mind, and soul. It’s not enough to love God with our hearts but not our minds. Or to have Him as the master of our soul, but not guiding our hearts. The only way to serve God in a way that honors Him is to give it everything we have.
We see an example of this type of devotion in the lives of Jesus’ disciples. When they chose to follow Jesus and travel with Him, they left their entire lives behind. To go all in, their professions and families took a back seat. They didn’t look back. They chose to follow the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind.
Every time you have been sacrificing to love and donate to orphans and the vulnerable around the world, you have been following in Jesus’ footsteps to sacrifice it all to God… To give it all to Him
We can be devoted in our walk with the Lord. It begins with allowing Him to give us the strength to follow Him. When we choose an “all or nothing” attitude, we are modeling the example that Jesus and His disciples set for us.
Lord, you deserve all the worship I can give. I don’t want to praise you with my mouth but not with my heart. Keep my mind focused on you so I can glorify you with my thoughts. I need your help to give my all for you. I know that I can only live “all in” by the power of your Spirit. Please give me the strength I need. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Have a blessed Thursday