Lessons - Devotional - "All"

(short devo as preceeded by 4 minutes of special announcements)

As I was trying to determine what to speak about tonight, I thought about what one message would I choose to present if I only had 1 chance? Naturally, I needed to look at what God said was most important.

Mk 12:30 - And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

“Love with all” - such short words… and yet such enormous ramifications?

Let’s start by seeing where we are now. What % are you loving God now?
When it comes to your church attendance? Do you love 80% of the time?
When it comes to your entertainment choices? Do you love 60% of the time?
When it comes to daily study & prayer? Do you love 40% of the time?
When it comes to your income? Do you love with whatever is left over?

God created us, sacrificed His precious Son for us, provided us with his Holy Word, and watches over us with continuous providential care. Was that so we be generally good people and pray to Him when we aren’t too busy?

Some might be thinking, “I'm faithful to God 90% of the time! Shouldn’t God be pleased with that?”
Let's turn that around and ask ourselves, "Would you be pleased that your boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse is faithful to you 90% of the time?"

What about Christ? Did Christ love you 50%? He gave up equality with God, took on a human existence, and endured a cruel death as a sin sacrifice for you. Tell me again how he should be satisfied if you show up to services?
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 - For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

So yes, we must give Him our all! How big a burden is that really?
How painful is it to give up our destructive sinful ways? Who loves us more than He? Are we happier when we are serving ourselves or serving Him?
How beautiful life is when you seek to love God with all your being!

In just a minute we’re going to sing the invitation song, “All to Jesus I Surrender”. While doing so, be sure to examine yourself to see if there is anything you are holding back from Him.
If you need to surrender your life to Christ in baptism tonight, or if you need the prayers of the saints on your behalf, please come forward and make your need known, while we stand and sing.