“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. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
God’s demand is “all the heart”, “all the soul”, “all the mind” and “all the strength”. When one takes all from all; what is left is nothing! God is not after any percentage no matter how high; He is after all! Giving God “all” is the scriptural wisdom for gaining all. Dr. David Oyedepo said “you cannot be totally sold out to God and not stand out in life”.
Giving God “all” is being totally addicted to God and all that pertains to His Kingdom. This is not only pleasant to God but gives a mortal man the privilege of keeping company with Divinity. We understand from scriptures that those that follow God naturally have goodness and mercy following them. Psalm 23:1-6. Those in the company of God will naturally be commanders of signs and wonders. Mark 16:17-18.
The practical implication of giving “all” to God is having nothing short of good things of life, swimming in the kindness and generosity of God, access to the mercy of God (which are new every morning and are everlasting). Lam. 3:22-23; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 103:17. The mercy of God covers and clears off the mess that may be capable of messing up a believer.
Just like any other demand from God, giving “all” to God is a choice; it is a choice of the wise because the rewards are not just here on the earth but transcend to eternity. As a believer, we are not expected to hold back anything, give it all to God and you will find out that you are losing nothing but gaining everything both here on the earth and eternity with Christ.
Any believer that decides to give “all” to God may be subjected to uncomplimentary remarks from folks and foes. Never mind, “ignore the mockers and face your Maker” according to Dr. David Oyedepo. Those who mock you today for being “stupid” by giving your “all” to God will hail and celebrate you tomorrow for being “wise” by doing what you did “yesterday”.
Brethren, the ball is in your court and my court!
Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 19:28-30; Mark 10:28-30; Matthew 6:33
Jesus is Lord!