It is hard to be committed to something. In life, we must be committed to something. For those who are married, you should be committed to your marriage. For those who are employed, you should be committed to your work. If you have children, you should be committed to raising the children. When we look at commitments to God, we must look at a wholehearted commitment.
What does it mean to be wholeheartedly committed? It means that you are not waking up one day ready to serve Jesus and then serving yourself the next day. Wholehearted commitment is about consistency. It is about sacrifice. It is about being all in, without holding anything back.
Today, ask if you are wholeheartedly committed. Do you love God with all your heart? Do you love the God with all your soul? Do you love God with all your strength? Are you committed to the Lord? Are you holding something back? Could you just step away from serving Him tomorrow, like nothing would change? Are you blown from place to place without any roots, or are you wholeheartedly committed?
“And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.” – Deuteronomy 6:5-6 [NLT]
As it nears my son’s sixteenth birthday, there is great expectation. This is a big day for any teenager. When I consider the months and weeks prior to his birth, there was great expectation. He was my first child. I didn’t know what to expect, but I spent a lot of time considering who he would be and couldn’t wait to meet him.
In 1 Peter 1, we read about our great hope. In verse 3, Peter talks about how “we live with great expectation.” We live with this great expectation because “we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.” We know that because of this, “we have a priceless inheritance” (v. 4). The Bible also tells us that God is protecting us “by His power” until the day comes when we receive the revelation of our salvation.
Some of us have lost the joy of this great expectation. We are so focused on this world that we cannot be “truly glad” that “there is wonderful joy ahead” (v. 6). Perhaps our trials have hardened our hearts. God reminds us that this is on “for a little while.” The trials “show that your faith is genuine” (v. 7). Today, be reminded of our great hope, our great expectation. Remember, “You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy” (v. 8).
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.” – 1 Peter 1:3 [NLT]
I have seen many bizarre things over the years and I could not help but notice the weird actions of a bird the other morning. This bird kept ramming into my car mirror. Again and again, he bounced off the mirror. I couldn’t understand this repetition. I couldn’t understand the foolishness. Why would a bird continue to batter itself by jumping into my mirror?
So of course I was on the computer doing research. What I found was interesting. When it is mating season, birds often spend time bouncing off mirrors when they see their reflection. That got me thinking of our own mirror love.
There are moments when the birds look into the mirror and see this “other bird” and fall in love. The other bird is actually them. In the same way, some people say they have “found God” or “love God” but in reality they have fallen in love with the god they have created in their mind. This god that they love follows suit with their own beliefs, this god fits them like a glove. Rather than falling in love with God Almighty, they created a god who will allow them to continue as they wish in life. Like a bird bouncing off of a mirror, there is no relationship. Like the bird, the repetition gets them nowhere but it makes them feel temporarily satisfied until reality hits. Remember Who He is today. Don’t try to put Him in a box and mold Him to fit your life. He’s the potter. You are the clay.
“Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” – Psalm 100:3 [NLT]
With most tasks in life, you don’t have to use all you have to accomplish the goal. When looking at the Olympians though, you see someone who started as a young boy or girl, giving everything they had to getting to the Olympics. They eat, breathe, and sleep the Olympics. They train hard. They have a special diet. With everything they have, they devote themselves to earning that spot on the team and representing their country.
In Deuteronomy, it says to “listen obediently” and “love God… serve Him with EVERYTHING you have within you.” With your entire soul. With your entire heart. Your entire being. Some of you might ask, “How can you serve with everything?” or “What about the rest of my life? How can I serve Him with everything and have enough for the rest?”
When you serve God with everything, with all that you have within you, you don’t lose anything. You gain. It is a lifestyle, a way of life, not a job. Each morning, I thank God for the opportunity to serve Him. It is just that—an opportunity. And it doesn’t take away from you, it adds to you. You serve Him as you go about your day. You serve Him while you eat, work, socialize. If you aren’t sure how to serve yet, look to Him. He will show you. Look to His Word. Pray and ask. Learn more about the Humble Servant and walk forward as He slowly makes you one. May we all one day be able to serve with everything.
“From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you, he’ll take charge of sending the rain at the right time, both autumn and spring rains, so that you’ll be able to harvest your grain, your grapes, your olives. He’ll make sure there’s plenty of grass for your animals. You’ll have plenty to eat.”
– Deuteronomy 11:13-15 [MSG]
There are questions that are so large yet so simple. In Psalm 106, it is asked, “Who can ever praise him enough?” We all know the answer is no one. No one can ever praise God enough for who he is or for what he has done. If we ask ourselves if we praise God enough, we get into compartmentalizing our lives and we will admit we fall short. But when we ask who could ever praise him enough, it considers the vastness of people—every person out there in the world. No one, not I or anyone else, can ever praise him enough. Wow.
No matter how much praise you give to the Lord, it is never enough. He always deserves more. The only thing we can do is live a life of praise and worship to him. We do away with compartmentalizing. We do away with thinking things out so meticulously. We simply do everything for Jesus. As Paul said, in everything we do, we do it as if doing it for the Lord. Start that and little by little it’ll be more prevalent in your life. You won’t even realize it because it will slowly be changing you into who you were meant to be in life.
You don’t have to complicate your relationship with Christ. Just sit back and ask yourself, “Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD? Who can ever praise him enough?” The great I AM. Our Abba Father. Lord of Lord. King of Kings. Our Savior. Point to Him. Lift your hands to Him.
“Who can list the glorious miracles of the LORD? Who can ever praise him enough?” – Psalm 106:2 [NLT]