And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Now that you’re in Christ, He is all you need; therefore let Him be your focus. Love Him with all your heart; let His love dominate your thoughts, desires, pursuits, plans and purposes. It’s important that He’s the central focus of your actions, for nothing else really matters. By virtue of what He’s done for you, He deserves your all.
Think about it: He took your place of sin, and was condemned, so that you might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). In John 10:10 He declared that the reason He came was that we may have the God-life to the full. How we need to love and trust Him; for He’s the “author and finisher of our faith.” The Bible says for the joy that was set before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame (Hebrews 12:2).
What was that joy that was set before Him, for which He endured the cross? It’s the glorious life that we now have in Him. 1 Peter 1:11 talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. Hebrews 2:10 says, “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” He’s made us partakers of His glory (John 17:22), and bearers of His Name. Everything that belongs to Him belongs to you.
Just as He’s been appointed by the Father to be the heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2), you also have become the heir of all things, for you’re a joint heir with Him (Romans 8:17). 1 Corinthians 3:21 says, “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours….” In Christ, you have all things; therefore, love Him with all your heart; worship Him in Spirit and in truth, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion.
Dear Father, I rejoice because you’ve given me an incorruptible inheritance in Christ Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of all that concerns me. You’re my everything: my joy, satisfaction, peace and security, and it’s my desire to love and know you more, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
2 Peter 1:3
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer's LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )