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Total Devotion

Scripture

“Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”

Deuteronomy 10:12,13

 

Observation

The way this rhetorical question is made is similar to Micah 6:8, that exhorts us to do good and walk humbly with God.

 

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Micah 6:8

To walk with God means, at least, love him with all our hearts and keep his commandments. According to the teachings of Jesus, the love and the obedience walk together. 

 

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.’”

John 14:23

 

Application

The term “with all your heart and with all your soul” means that God requires total (or perfect) devotion to Him. But it is not only obedience to a law, or to be faithful to a covenant. God’s words says “Give me your heart, my son, …” (Pv 23:26) and “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.” (Ps 51:17).

 

Prayer

Father, teach me: to fear you, to walk in your ways, to love you, to serve you with all my heart and my soul, to keep your commandments and statues. Help me to devote all my life to you. Thank you for this day you have made. In Jesus name I pray.

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