Serve the Lord With All Your Heart

John and Jackie are moving.  They are still going to be living near Columbus, but they are moving into a little bit bigger house.  The thing with moving is – whether you go five miles or five hundred – you still have to move everything.  Of course, Tom and I are helping them.  We are packing, and lifting, and moving things from one house to another.  Tom does most of the heavy lifting with John but my muscles are still tired at the end of the day.  We are happy to help them because we love them.

I was listening to some Christian music this morning on my morning walk, and I heard the song “Love the Lord” by Lincoln Brewster.  It’s a great song and a lively tune for walking.  Easy to sing along with.  As I was walking and singing, I thought about the moving we would be doing that day.  Tom and I are glad to work for John and Jackie because we love them.  Am I just as willing to work for God?  Am I willing to love God and serve God with ALL?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength.  These are the words from Deuteronomy 6:5.  Jesus said this is the greatest commandment.  The one we are supposed to obey above all others.

The second verse of Lincoln Brewster’s song changes the word “love” to “serve.”  I like the change because how we serve is a way of showing how we love.  We are supposed to love God with 100% of what we have, what we are, what we do.  Do we serve God the same way?  Are we glad for every opportunity to serve God because we love him?  What percentage would you say you are giving to God of your love, your strength, your heart, your soul, and your mind?

I have to admit that I’m not as strong as I used to be.  After trips up and down stairs carrying heavy boxes, my knees are protesting and sore.  But God doesn’t really care if my knees creak or if I can’t carry as much as I used to.  He wants my all.  However much I have – God wants it.  And, as long as it is all, God is satisfied.

I am happy to give it.  Glad to work for God, to give him my all, because I love him.