I have heard people say they don’t understand certain parts of the Bible.
Or that there are things in the Bible they just don’t understand. and that’s why they don’t obey it.
And then, they go on to say that’s why they struggle to obey it.
I agree that there are hard statements, commands, and events that are hard to understand.
But however, there are also hundreds of statements, commands, and events that are easy to understand.
And the way to serve God to the best of your ability is to follow obey God and trust Him to reveal what you don’t understand in His perfect timing.
Why we don’t serve with everything
I want to focus on a verse that is easy to understand. Jesus tells us in Luke 10:27 “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
This verse repeats the word all four times. So my guess is that Jesus is trying to emphasize an idea. I believe the idea is that we are to give total – complete – 100% of our affection to him and once we do that we will be free to love our neighbors unselfishly.
But somehow we feel that it’s okay to love him with just part of our heart, part of our soul, part of our strength, and part of our mind. So what’s their excuse? Because the verse is pretty clear that we should be giving all.
We give part of our strength in pursuing careers, thrills, or entertainment, and then the rest goes to God. Part of our soul is attached to people, possessions, and positions and then the rest goes to God. Our heart is compartmentalized into categories of many different things we love and we give God one of those compartments. Our minds are flooded with thoughts and some of those are directed towards God.
So, I think that we don’t obey this verse, not because we don’t understand it, but because we choose not to.
What it takes to serve with everything
So how do you serve with everything? It’s a choice. It’s a daily, minute-by-minute decision that you make to surrender to God and trust Him to help you live a fully surrendered life. In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul gives us some advice on how to do this, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
We have to shift our mindset that of thinking that the physical and spiritual world are separate. Many times people believe that we only serve God when we go or do things at church. But Paul says that whatever we do, we should do as if we are doing for Jesus. Brush your teeth, buy groceries, give to the poor, go to church, build a fence, go on a mission trip, take out the trash, work on an essay, spend time with your family, and whatever you do. This is how you serve with everything.
What are some things you can do to remind yourself to be more intentional?
What areas are you denying God access to?
Are you guilty of half-hearted Christian living?