Deuteronomy 6:5

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

I used Deuteronomy 6:5 as part of my 2021 Father's Day message. With this verse, I asked the men of our church three questions:

Do you love God with all of your heart?

"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart..."

In asking that question, I have a little difficulty. Regardless of a person's response, I don't know whether they are telling the truth or not. Why? Because I cannot see their heart! No one but God knows the true condition of an individual's heart and therefore only God truly knows whether an individual loves God with all their heart.

That is why the next two questions are so vital...

Are you passionate about God and the things of God?

"...and with all thy soul..."

The word soul contains our passions, our desires, our affections.

One clue as to whether we truly love God with all our hearts is to consider what an individual is passionate about. Are you passionate for God and the things of God?

During the 1990's the NBA created an advertising campaign around this phrase, "I love this game." In these commercials, they would piece together video moments of fans and players, who you knew, by the expression on their faces, were passionate about basketball.

Does the expression of your face reveal a passion for God?

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." Proverbs 15:13

The final question was simply this:

What do you give your time and energy to?

Deuteronomy 6:5 ends with, "...and with all thy might."

Read through 2 Samuel 23:8-39. It is a list of King David's mighty men.

As you read through that list, what do you find? You find a group of men who gave their time and energy to serving and defending King David. And, I believe it could be safely said that they did it with all their might! Notice this description:

"[Eleazar, one of David's mighty men] arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil." 2 Samuel 23:10

Do you serve and defend the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ in the same way?

As I type these words, many of the men of our church are giving their times this week to serve in Neighborhood Bible Time. I can tell you that, at the end of the week, these men (and ladies) will be weary but that God will have used them to work a great victory! For, even if only one child accepts Christ as their Savior, it will have been worth it all.

  • Do you love God with all your heart?

  • Are you passionate about God and the things of God?

  • Are you giving your time and energy to serve God?

Strive to be a Deuteronomy 6:5 kind of man!

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