All Or Nothing

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
(Mark 12:30)

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
 (Mark 12:41-44)

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
(Philippians 3:7-9)

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
(John 3:30)
When questioned in Mark 12 by the scribes as to which commandment is the ‘most important of all’, Jesus answers it is to love the Lord with ‘all your heart...all your soul...all you mind and...all your strength’. It is a repeated phrase in the Bible (Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27) that explains to us what worshipping God really looks like. A life of authentic worship is not about compartmentalising our lives and giving to God only what makes us feel comfortable. It’s about bringing everything to him and holding nothing back. Heart, soul, mind and strength.

God ‘is to be served with man’s whole being...mind as well as emotions, physique as well as feelings are to combine in God’s praise. The very nature of God, overwhelming in his attributes, demands everything of man’. This is the glorious call of being a follower of Jesus – It is all or nothing.

In Mark’s gospel account Jesus follows this teaching by showing his disciples a real-life example of the kind of worship he loves (Mark 12:41-44). He points out a poor widow, who out of her poverty gave ‘everything...all she had to live on’ in worship at the temple. Others gave ‘large amounts’ out of their wealth, but the widow gave ‘two very small copper coins’ which was everything she had. Jesus recognises that this offering, although seemingly small, counted for far ‘more’ than any other contributions.

Worship is about living a life of full surrender and self-denial for the sake of God’s glory. We are called to count all other things a loss, rubbish, garbage compared to knowing and enjoying Jesus. This kind of all or nothing worship is beautiful in God’s sight.

Why not use this song ‘Full Surrender’ by Simon & Anna Brading to re-commit yourself now to this kind of worship:
1)   This kind of worship is a glorious but difficult calling – What areas of your life would you find it hard to give to God in worship?

2)   What would it look like for you to fully surrender to God in worship this week/this month/this year?

3)   How can you plan to make your answers to question 2 a reality? Are there any first steps you can make to help your full surrender happen?
Jesus, you gave everything for me. You, the King of glory, came into the world you made and gave your life so that I might find life in you. Help my response to this truth be whole-hearted worship! I want to worship you with everything I have because you deserve it all. Lead me into greater depths of worship where everything I am and have is laid before you. Jesus, I give you my whole life as a sacrifice of worship – do with it what you please. Amen.
Today’s Everyday Devotions were brought to you by Zac Guy, who leads our worship teams.

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