SURRENDER NOT LEFTOVERS                                                       Mark 12:28-34

‘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. (v30)

Surrender is never easy, for sacrifice is required. But the alternative is more difficult. When we look at the Master’s call for sacrifice in light of how much our heavenly Father loves us, surrender is transformed from a sacrifice into a choice privilege. As Dr W. A. Croswell helped me to understand, when you love, you don’t care if you lose. Take Job for example. He was a lover of God; and nothing could affect the way he felt about God. Job said, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21 KJV) Even after he had lost his possessions and his children, Job’s love for God was unchanged, which is why he could say with such confidence, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.(Job 13:15) In Mark 12:30 (KJV), we read, 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:” To love God with all our heart means to love Him with every atom of our being To love God with all our soul means to love Him with all our emotions and will To love God with all our mind means to love Him with our intellect, everything we understand about Him. To love God with all our strength means to love Him with everything about us physically as well as in our service to Him. Read Paul’s Galatians 2:20, (Benny Hinn)

PRAYER LINE: In You O Lord, I take delight, My every need You will supply; I long to do what’s true and right, So, Lord, on You I will rely. D. De Haan.

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Contentment comes not from greater wealth. But from fewer wants.

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