Archive for October, 2010

“How did the Serpent tempt Adam and Eve? He told them that they were thinking too negatively about themselves. He told them that they needed to think more positively, to extend their grasp, to reach toward their full potential, to be like God! In a word, he told them to think bigger.

Now how’d that work out for them?”

~ Greg Gilbert

Whatever it takes

Posted: 3 October, 2010 in Theology, True worship

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deut 6:5)

All Christians want to be more like their Lord Jesus Christ.

We want to be like him because He was the epitome of what it means to love the Father. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) He loved God by keeping the law perfectly, and now that He has loved us, we desire to love Him.

We want it, but the question I ask myself over and over again is, “How badly do I want it? How much do I want to be like Jesus?”

All too often I find that my heart is drawn after a thousand diverse things – I want Christ in me, but I also want my friends, my career, my comfort.

In my own heart I have found a fear of losing what I hold dear because it becomes too important in my life. I know that God is a jealous God and that he demands the whole of my heart. I want to be more like Christ, while still holding on to all the things that draw my affections away from Him at the same time.

A.W. Tozer in his book The Pursuit of Godliness retells the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. How great was Abraham’s love for Isaac, the Son of Promise, his only real son. Yet Abraham’s love began to border on the perilous, and God cut right to the heart of the matter by commanding Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Not because Isaac was a bad thing, but the gift had become elevated above the Giver. Abraham was finally able to enjoy God’s gifts in their proper place once he had surrendered everything to God, even his son Isaac.

As Tozer points out in the story of Abraham and Isaac – very often we only truly have once we are willing to lose for the sake of our Lord, because in Him we are rich. Instead of fearing to lose what I love, I ought to make God my all – with everything else paling into hate compared to the fervent love I have for God. And very often, once we have done that, God in his grace, “richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Tim 6:17)

Think of the man who sold all he had for the field with buried treasure (Matt 13:44) or the man who found the pearl of great price (Matt 13:45) Whoever had God has everything, and whoever does not have God has nothing. Its that simple.

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 10:39)

The crux of the matter is lies in that verse quoted at the start of this post – do I love the Lord with all my heart, soul and might? Will I lose all for Him? Will I love Him, whatever it takes?

Listen to Whatever It Takes performed by Steve Green.

Whatever It Takes

Whatever it takes
To keep me tender toward You
Whatever it takes, Lord
I beg You to do
Whatever You must lead me through
Whatever it takes, Lord … do

At times I hear your voice and try to hide
But patiently you draw me to your side
I may not always see
That Your words are life to me
So many times I’ve missed You
Help me, Lord, to not resist You

Sometimes my heart gets hard and I can’t see
That Your correction is protecting me
But as I look within
The darkness of my sin
Breaks my heart and leaves me tender
Gratefully I then surrender

Written by Jon Mohr
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