How many ways can we consider this? How many ways can we say this?
Are you committed? Are you dedicated? Are you convicted? Are you decided?
How are you living your life? Are you a halfway type of person? Are you part way in type of person? What are you involved in? What are you you committed to? What are you dedicated to? What are you convicted to?What have you decided is your focus?
Are you wholeheartedly committed to living after God and His ways?
Are you all in?
Are you trying to live out your life fully after God? Are you fully 100% committed to doing what the Lord calls you to do? Are you in with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your strength, and all of your mind?
Is there anything bad or getting in the way of you being able to accomplish this?
Are there things that you need to remove from your life in order to be able to better follow after God?
God’s looking for people! Will you step up? Will you raise your hand? Will you come forward?
For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war. –2 Chronicles 16:9
Will you be fully committed so that even in those weakest or darkest moments, God will be able to give you strength?
Will you allow Jesus to be the Lord of all of your life? Partial doesn’t cut it. If Jesus isn’t the Lord of all of your life, He isn’t Lord at all in your life!
Let’s consider the times throughout the Bible where we hear about “all of our heart”…
- 4Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. –from Deuteronomy 6
- 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: “‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. –from Matthew 22
- 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; –from Proverbs 3
- 34Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. –from Psalm 119
- 69Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. –from Psalm 119
- 1Praise the LORD. I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. –from Psalm 111
- 1Of David. I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. –from Psalm 138
- 14Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! –from Zephaniah 3
- 6So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. –from Nehemiah 4
- 23Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters, –from Colossians 3
Do you want to have a full life? There is but one way! Do you 10 out of 10? Consider these words from John 10:10…
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. –John 10:10
As our devotional today concluded, it speaks the truth of what a full live looks like when it says…
It’s a life of love, trust, gratitude, joy and meaningful work. In the passages for today we see why and how we should live wholeheartedly.
Life on this planet is short, so let’s make the most of it and live wholeheartedly!
For those of us who have received Jesus and invited Him into our lives, we know we have eternity to spend with Him and so we need to share this hope that is within us with the world around us that God has provided to each of us as a way to help point them to Him.
- Brevity of life … Psalm 102:1-11
- Certainty of resurrection … 1 Corinthians 15:1-34
- Let’s consider and remember these words of wisdom from today’s devotional…
Paul tells us what was at the heart of his preaching, and why he followed Jesus so wholeheartedly: ‘The gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand’ (v.1). This is the gospel whereby you are saved (v.2); hold firmly to it.
It is a very simple message, ‘that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures’ (vv.3–4).
His death had a great purpose. It was ‘for our sins’. The power of sin is broken. Sins can be forgiven.
While sin’s power is broken, its presence remains in our lives. But one day, even the presence of sin will be removed.
You can be sure of this because of the resurrection. This is the certainty of your hope for the future.
Jesus died and was buried. One day you will die and be buried. Jesus was raised from the dead. One day you will also be raised.
The resurrection is a sign in this world of the future God has in store. Paul spoke of the future in light of what God had done: ‘He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead’ (Acts 17:31). Faith is not irrational. Faith is grounded on the event of the resurrection.
Paul gives some of the evidence for the resurrection. First, he highlights that Jesus was ‘buried’ and ‘raised according to the Scriptures’. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection were written about before he was born.
Second, he points to Christ’s appearances to Peter, to the twelve, to 500 others, to James, all the apostles, and finally, to Paul himself (1 Corinthians 15:6–8).
This is not an exhaustive list of the appearances – but enough to show it is well attested. He shows that the resurrection is rooted in history, grounded in Scripture and confirmed by experience.
The resurrection really matters. If there is no resurrection, the consequences are dire. The resurrection was the basis of Paul’s preaching. Without it ‘everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors… a string of barefaced lies’ (vv.14a–15, MSG). Since that was what they based their faith on, without the resurrection ‘your faith is futile’ and ‘you are still in your sins’ (v.17). There would be no hope for the future, ‘those who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost’ (v.18). In fact, Paul concludes that without it Christianity is worse than nothing: ‘If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all people’ (v.19).
‘But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries’ (v.20, MSG). Therefore, the resurrection is certain. One day all those who are ‘in Christ’ will be raised from the dead. Then death will be destroyed (v.26). ‘God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive – a perfect ending!’ (v.28, MSG).
Because the resurrection is certain, Paul writes, we endanger ourselves every hour (v.30): ‘I die every day’ (v.31). He is 100%, wholeheartedly fully committed to the Lord. He even fought wild beasts in Ephesus (v.32). He was willing to risk his life because of the certainty of the resurrection.
This is the reason why Paul urges us to ‘stop sinning’ (v.34). Satan’s tactics often start with doubt. If he can make us doubt, then next he will tempt us to sin. In one sense, all sin stems from unbelief.
The message of Jesus, his death and resurrection, is good news. It is the gospel. You are to receive it and believe it. You are to take your stand on it. You are to hold it firmly. Like Paul, pass it on to others.
- Eyes of the Lord … 2 Chronicles 16:1-18:27
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