With all you have!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27)

Many of us understand the value of hard work!  The idea of “getting ahead” in this life requires hard work. Whether family duties, professional duties or anything else, early mornings and late evenings are not unusual for many in this assembly. God expects His people to work hard, and always has. Solomon penned the words “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:1). Paul reminds the Thessalonians to “work with your hands just as we commanded you, so that you may walk properly toward those who are without, not being dependent on anyone” (1 Thess 4:11-12). But our work is not limited to financial gain. God expects each of us to also “work out our own salvation” (Phil 2:12)

Luke records the words of Jesus when He is tested by the Pharisees regarding the greatest commandment that we are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Of all the possible commandments Jesus said we should keep first, He stated our first priority is to love God with all we have! Just a few verses later Jesus is watching as many are putting into the treasury from “abundance” (Mark 12:44) of the things they have when a young widow comes up and places two small copper coins into the treasury. Jesus says concerning her that he put in “all that she had” (Luke 12:44)

Our lives today are no different from the widows offering. God expects each of us to love Him with all we have, but He also expects us to give all we have. Giving all we have means of our time, our talents, and where our priorities are.  It is easy to love God out the “abundance”, to dedicate to God our time on Sunday morning, but the rest of the week really depends on what the family or others may be doing. It is easy to give to God of the talents we have spent them on “other things”. It is easy to make God our priority when there are no other conflicts or competing interest for our immediate attention.  And yes, even financially it is easy to give to God after all else is settled. Jesus did not accept the offering of those in the 1st century who gave of their abundance, and He will no more accept it today, our very lives and all they encompass are to be “living sacrifices” (Romans 12:1).

Of all the ways the devil works in 2015, the most popular seems to be constraints on our time. Do not let the devil, or anyone convince you that you do not have the time to give God 100%. To make sacrifices of your time from all else to serve, and to worship as God expects.  I love our congregation where so many of our member give of themselves so selflessly of their time and talents. Your sacrifice shows where your treasure, and your heart are (Matt 6:21). Keep up the good work in the things you do! Your labor is not in vain!

Ande Z
October 3rd @ 10:30am – Pumpkin Patch $10 per person and Family Devotional
October 6th and 20th – Bi Weekly Devotionals
October 9th – 11-th – Camp Inagehi Retreat/ October 16th – 17th – BCC Final Fall Fling
October 18th – EYC registration Deadline