Your All

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Mark 12:30 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

One of the great things about God is that He does not ask you to do something you cannot do, but He only asks you to do something that He will give you the wherewithal to do. This principle is found true in the verse above. When God commands us to love Him, He says we are to love Him with OUR all. You will notice that God does not say to love Him with your preacher’s all, or a great man of God’s all, but your all. So, loving God with anything less than your all simply shows how little you love God.

When I took over the church in Bethany, Oklahoma, one of the things I wanted to get fired up was the soul-winning ministry. My predecessor was a great soul-winner, but the church was small and I knew that the only way I could get the church to begin to grow was by getting as many people involved in the soul-winning ministry as I could. I planned a day where I wanted everyone to get involved in passing out church tracts. Melvin and Tina Eakins were one of the older couples that showed up. Mrs. Tina was very sick, but she wanted to help her church. They covered a short block and a half and then had to go home. They apologized to me for not doing more, but I was pleased with what they did because they gave their all. Mrs. Tina was dying, and she gave her all on that Saturday.

Now, I would hate to think that a dying lady could give more than I could. When God asks for your all, He is not asking you to give what others can give. Certainly, there are others who can do more for God because they have the physical abilities to do more, but God does not want you to do what they can do, but He wants you to do YOUR all. God wants and deserves nothing less than your all. Whatever your all is, God wants it.

My friend, God will not hold you accountable for what another can do; He will hold you accountable for what He knows you can do. God knows your all, so He knows whether you are giving your all. Just because you gave more than another doesn’t mean you truly gave more than them. If they gave their all, but the effort that produced more than them was less than your all, that simply means they gave more than you. There were some on that Saturday who went out longer than Mrs. Tina, but they gave less than she gave because they didn't give their all. The mistake that many make is they compare themselves to others when God compares you to what He knows you can do. When you start comparing yourself to what you know you can do is when you realize you are not as good of a Christian as you portray.

My question for you is, are you giving your all? Giving your all for God is not unreasonable when you consider He gave His all to save you. If you are truly going to be Christ’s disciple and follow Him, that would mean that you would give your all as He did. You have to understand that Christ is not asking you to do something He has not already done. Christ gave His life, and all that He asks is that you give your heart, soul, mind, and strength for Him. He is not asking you to die as He did for you, but He is asking you to live for Him with your all. What you will find is that when you give your all to God that it will not be grievous, because you can never give more to God than He will give back to you. If you truly love God, it will only be done by giving YOUR all.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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