Complete Spiritual Dedication, 1/2

Evening Devotion/ Reflections on Christian Life/ 201A-001 (Mark 12:30,)/ Key Text: And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30, NKJV)

Heart Questions: [1] What three things we ought to be doing as Christians that will demonstrate our Complete Spiritual Dedication to God? Love, Living, Learning. [2] What must I do with this message?

LOVE: We ought to love the LORD with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). In this passage, “Jesus recited words of the Shema (Mk 12:29), then answered the man’s question by explaining what those words should mean in the daily lives of the Jews. Because they believed that there was one God (as opposed to other religions, such as the Romans with their pantheon of gods), they ought to love the one true God with every part of their being. Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (NIV). Matthew, Mark, and Luke add “with all your mind.”

“The word for “love” is agapao, totally unselfish love, a love human beings are capable of only with the help of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit helps us love him as we ought. God wants our warmhearted love and devotion, not just our obedience. The mind was considered to be the center of a person’s intellect, the soul was the person’s “being” and uniqueness, the heart was the center of desires and affections, and the strength referred to physical capabilities.” [Bruce B. Barton, Mark, Life Application Bible Commentary, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1994), 354–355]. Beloved, when we love the LORD as we should, we will then keep all His commandments (John 14:15).

DAILY LIVING: “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.(Luke 9:23, NKJV) Beloved, taking up our crosses daily is more than accepting Christ—It is living for Him daily!

LEARNING: Christ invites us to learn from Him — “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29, AMP)

All Christians should study and learn more of God’s Word. Apostle Paul urges us to do so, he says “study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, AMP)

Paul had one desire and one only: to know the Lord Jesus Christ — “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,” (Philippians 3:10, NKJV) Sing with me this chorus – “My desire, My desire, My desire; My desire is to know the LORD.”

I love the words of this song “More about Jesus” (SDAH 245):

More about Jesus, I would know;

More of His grace to others show;

More of His saving fullness see;

More of His love who died for me.

Refrain

More, more about Jesus,

More, more about Jesus;

More of His saving fullness see,

More of His love who died for me.

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do?  [1] We must have a complete spiritual dedication to the LORD; [2] We must deny self; We must let go of selfish desires and earthly security; We must disown, forget, lose sight of self and our own selfish interests, and conform wholly to Christ’s example in living, in giving, and if need be, in dying also. [3] We must learn from Christ, study His Word daily.

Have a Good Night: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4, NKJV)

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