Our Whole Heart
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
~ Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Christianity as practiced in the world today, for the most part, is what Revelation calls “lukewarm”. Most Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and a good number of them try to read and understand it, within a wide variety of time and effort spent to know it. But few of us really face up to a fact that makes us a little queasy: God wants all of us: heart, mind, soul, body, life, possessions, family and friends; all of our time, all of our thought, all of our effort.
Read through any of the Gospels with an eye to what Christ is actually saying. The gap between what most Christians today consider “Christian life” and what Jesus asks from us is terrifying; so much so, that most people will not even let it sink in. And let's face it, not many people are going to really follow in His footsteps; we talk the talk, but we are not about to give up the world for God.
But we can bring ourselves ever closer in our lives. We can at least understand what Christ taught that we might do, and without feeling guilty about the size of the gap, close it up a little bit. For this is how we love Christ: We first find out what He has asked us to do, and then, we move our lives in that direction. And what God asks is that we place ourselves entirely in His hands.
God's hands are great and strong; and the more we trust Him and let Him have our lives, the happier we will be in the long run. God will take care of us, if we let Him. But it takes faith, for most of what He tells us has to do with the Kingdom of Heaven, where Christ will reign in glory for all eternity; while what we see is the Kingdom of Earth, where Satan holds power and tries to conform us to this world.
Lord God, I place myself in your hands, according to your will. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer