“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6 v 5)
Some of us maybe familiar with the phrase, “obedience is better than sacrifice” or “I would rather bear the pain of sacrifice, rather than the pain of regret.” Both phrases highlight the importance of doing the right thing, because its final benefits outweigh the initial price that had to be contributed at the outset.
To love God and be obedient to his commandments, His judgements and His statutes (Deuteronomy 8 v11), we can only achieve this by giving God:-
Our Heart By loving him more than any relationship, activity, achievement or
Our Will By committing ourselves completely to him.
Our Mind By seeking to know him and his word, so his principles and values form
the foundation of all we think and do.
Our Body By recognizing that our strengths, talents and sexuality are given to us
By God to be used for pleasure and fulfilment according to his rules, not
Our Resources By deciding that all of the resources we have ultimately come from
God and that we are to be ‘stewards’ of them and not ‘owners.’
Our Purpose By deciding to make service to God and Man (in establishing His
Kingdom on earth) the main purpose of our life’s work.
Jesus Christ came and demonstrated obedience, by openly declaring that he was about his father’s business whilst on the earth. Jesus who had no sin, humbled himself and offered his life on the cross for mankind. Thereby offering his blood for the remissions of sinners, whom when become ‘born again’ are accredited with righteousness. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2 v 8).