All of You

And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require 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,

                                                                                                                      Deuteronomy 10:12 ESV

What does God want from us? It’s pretty simple—He wants us!  He wants our whole heart, our whole soul.  Your heart is the core of your being, it’s the place where you make decisions, the place where you think, where your affections shape what you do. He wants your thoughts as they shape your behavior and your will. He wants a style of life, a way of living, he wants your walk. He wants to shape the whole way you and I live.

What does your walk look like? Does he have your whole heart? What shapes the walk of the person whose whole heart, whose whole decision-making apparatus, whose whole thought process, whose whole pattern of choices belongs to God? What will be the evidence that God has gotten your whole heart? By the way you obey Him and the way you serve him.  If he has my whole heart and thus my whole being, I will want to be about his work. If he wanted to confront evil in the world, then I should want to confront evil. If he gave himself away for the lost, the outcast, and the broken, then I will want to give myself away for them. If he loved the stranger, the one who doesn’t belong, the one on the outside, then I will love them.  If Jesus has my whole heart, then I will be obedient to him, and my walk will be shaped by his life, and his life is a life of service.

Does God have a right to ask you for your whole heart? You’d better believe it! He made you, he chose you, he loves you, and he died for you, and he will never be satisfied with anything less than all of us. What does God want of you? Just you, but he does want all of you. Could I have ever been satisfied with part of Karen’s love? Never! And neither can Jesus be satisfied with anything less than all of you.

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