Everybody remembers the story of Jericho. How the people of Israel marched around the city for seven days and seven times on the seventh day. The walls fell down and the people had an easy victory over a very strong city.
God had commanded that the city be “devoted” to God. The people couldn’t keep anything for themselves. Anything living was to be destroyed and all valuables given to God. It was to be complete, no excuses or exceptions.
We talk in worship about giving our lives to God. We talk about Him being our King, our Lord and Savior. We sing our songs and then live however we feel like. I have personally lead worship and then come home to look at porn, disrespect and verbally abuse my wife.
We read the Bible and pray in the morning and call it our “devotions”, but is it? Is it devotion to give a part of my life, my heart, my being? Can I hold a part back for myself, gripping on dark, unseen places, and call myself devoted?
I don’t think so.
The greatest commandment is “to love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength.” I think that means I get nothing. It is all given to Him.
And in giving all to Him, devoting myself completely to Him, I find Him worthy, I find Him greater, I find Him to be love poured out for me.