I don’t know about you, but I am intrigued when I see people who’ve made something spectacular of their lives. We have heard the terms “handed to them on a silver platter” or “self made man” and we attach differing values of respect with each of them. To those who have had to scratch and claw to make something of their lives we esteem their success as warranted and those who were simply born into it are viewed as lucky or spoiled. The reality of it all is that it takes a lot to be financially or even physically successful.
Those who command enormous salaries or have conquered the limitations of the flesh have given a lot to see those heights attained. In the instance of those people who have achieved spectacular things with their lives you will find that one thing is common for them all. Before they were ever famous, wealthy or world champions they had to make a decision to apply themselves 100% to their chosen field.
But, in the case of all who go on to accomplish things that someone else said couldn’t be done, there must always be a commitment made that brings about the desired end. People do not just fall into greatness or glory.
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, & perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the 1st commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
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.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
So what was Jesus saying when he instructed that we should love the Lord with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength? How much of us was He really requiring? How much of you can the Lord have? Only in giving our all in our relationship with the Lord will we ever know the depth of His love, mercy and grace. God wants all of you!
Are you willing?