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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 11: Abundant Life


HE told me once.

HE told me twice.

And HE won't stop telling me~

"I want ALL of you".

BUT I respond with a

"BUT GOD,

what do you mean by my ALL?

"JESUS replied: ’Love the LORD your GOD with ALL your heart

and with ALL your soul and with ALL your mind'"(Matthew22:37).

Oh how I question the word ALL

as GOD is asking me to put HIM

first,

second,

third....

JESUS wants my ALL~

"constituting the full quantity or extent; complete" (logos).

Oh how I live on the fence

when I crave

LOVE from others who are unable to LOVE me like I want to be LOVED

&

PEACE from doing the something to alleviate anxiety

&

HOPE from things that I want to happen when I want them to happen.

And then JESUS reaches out HIS hand and says

"Follow ME" (Matthew 16:24).

Oh how I get easily distracted

when I feel HIS gentle tap on my shoulder,

yet I feel the tap of my own expectations on my other shoulder.

"But JESUS told him, 'Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him

is not fit for the Kingdom of GOD'" (Luke 9:62).

And all it takes is for me to answer

HIS call

by

FIXING my eyes on the ONE whose eyes are FIXED on me,

from the moment I gave my life to HIM because HE gave HIS life for me.

Oh how easily it is to get distracted to want more than

JESUS in this life

when we take our eyes off of

HIM.

When ALL HE is asking

is for us to

LOVE with our ALL

so then we become

distracted by HIM

that we LOVE others with HIS LOVE

&

we experience PEACE that transcends all understanding

because HE becomes our HOPE

so that there is no room for

anyone or anything to steer us from the TRUTH~

“If you abide in MY word [continually obeying MY teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly MY disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin]"

(John 8:31-32).

It sounds so silly when you think about it,

as JESUS is just asking us to

"Love the LORD your GOD with ALL your heart and with

ALL your soul and with ALL your mind'" (Matthew 2:27).

Why wouldn't I? Why wouldn't you?

Why wouldn't everyone?

For

LOVE GIVEN. LOVE RECEIVED. CHANGES YOU.

GOD isn't stealing LIFE from us.

HE is giving us our LIFE back.

I will never look at the word

ALL

the same

because it is all about the

"GOODNESS OF GOD" (listen to the song below)




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