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April 18th – Love God with ALL of your Heart

Week 2 – Love God with all of your Heart

Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity – Based on book by Mark Batterson

Last week we began this series based on the book Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity, by Mark Batterson. We spent some time going over how the Early Christian Church lived out their faith at a Primal level. They did not have the protections we have today, and many of them had to sacrifice everything, they had to hide, the feared being persecuted, and some lost their lives. They understood what it meant to depend fully on God and to Love Him with all of their Heart, All of their Soul, All of their Mind, and All of their Strength.

As Christianity has evolved over the years we have lost touch with the Primal nature of our faith. Some of us Love God with all of our Heart and all of our Mind, or any combination of the four but are missing something. In today’s protected society, with denominations, and the pressure of what is accepted in society, we struggle to Love God with all of our Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. The goal of this series is to help us get back to having that Primal faith, that Faith where we fully Love God more than anything else in life. Loving Him with All of our Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. A Faith where nothing else matters, but loving God. We are going to continue the process of being Great at the Great Commandment.

Each week we will be looking at what Jesus meant in Mark 12:29-30

29The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

This week we are going to dig deeper into what it means to love God with all of our Heart. We are going to look at what that means and how we can work at fully loving God with all of our Heart. To begin with we are going to look at how we are Christians are part of the Tribe of the Transplanted.

Ezekiel 36:22-27

 22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Sovereign LORD, when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.

 24 “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

Our emphasis here is on verse 26. In this verse Ezekiel is telling us that God will take our cold, hardened, heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh. Normally when we read something in the Bible talking about flesh, it is not a good thing. It tends to point towards something that is corrupted or sinful. In this case a heart of flesh is referring to a heart that is filled with warmness, love, and that it is a heart filled with the Holy Spirit. Basically in these verses we are being told that God will replace the worn down by the world hard heart and replace it with one that is interested in the things that God is interested in. In other words giving Christ our heart results in us receiving a heart transplant, he takes ours away and gives us His heart.

So what does it mean to be given Jesus’ Heart, to be part of the Tribe of the Transplanted? As we talked about a little last week it means that our hearts will begin to break for the things that break God’s heart. We should be looking for ways in our daily lives and as a church body to show God’s compassion to others.

One of the things I have mentioned over the last couple of months is that we need to show the community we care. We need to find our niche of service to reach the lost. We need to find away to get past people’s perceptions of what Christians are like. One of the best ways to get past those walls is to show compassion. Hearts and minds will be opened if the people we encounter everyday see that we are full of God’s compassion and love. To be Great at the Great Commandment, to Love God with all of our Hearts, we need to be more compassionate to others. We need to realize that even the smallest act of compassion done in Christ’s name can have a huge impact on those we touch.

Let me tell you a story, which has helped 100 million people that started with compassion and $5.

 In 1950 a man by the name of Bob Pierce was in Korea, where he watched the children orphaned by the Korean War stand hopelessly in what seemed like endless food lines. One day as he watched these children a child near the front of the line dropped dead. It broke God’s heart and in turn broke Bob Pierce’s heart. Bob could have walked away and headed back to the United States and lived his life, but he did not. He decided at that moment that he was going to do something to help. To quote “We’re going to get food to the front of the food lines. If it kills me, we’re going to do it.”

Bob began by flying back and forth between the United States and Korea, telling people about this tragedy and raising money to get food to the front of the food lines. On one of his trips to Korea, Bob met a girl named White Jade. She had been beaten and disowned because of her decision to follow Christ. Bob gave her all the money he had on him, $5. Bob’s compassion did not end there; he pledged to send her money every month. This was a God ordained moment that shaped what Bob would be doing with the rest of his life. See, Bob is the founder of World Vision a program that has saved millions of children.

Bob loved God with all of his heart. His heart broke for something that broke God’s heart. With that passion, Bob practiced his faith by showing compassion to that little girl. We need to pray that God shows each of us something that we feel we will die if we do not do it. Loving God with all of our hearts will lead us to have a level of passion and compassion for something that breaks God’s heart, something that completes our lives. It is that God ordained compassion that allows us to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

So, what does it mean to Love God with all our Hearts?

So far I have stated that it means:

Our hearts break for the things that break the heart of God.

We are working to fulfill our God Ordained Passion.

But there is more to it, and this is where it can become uncomfortable.

Matthew 6:21, tells us:

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Jesus is telling us plainly that where we spend our money is directly related to what we love, or what we are compassionate about. What this comes down to is that you can give without love, but you cannot love without giving.  Now while this verse is specifically talking about money, I believe the concept behind it also applies to time. I have heard it said that if you look at a person’s checkbook you can see how they are doing spirituality. This also applies to a person’s calendar. If we love God with all of our heart, we are going to be passionate about something He is passionate about. Which means we will be giving of our time and money to support that passion, to achieve that God ordained goal, it will be what we invest ourselves in.

Each of us are in different places in our lives, and God has blessed us with something to give. We may have some extra money coming in or we may find ourselves with some extra time. These blessings are given to us so that we can be used by God to bless others.

Luke 6:38 tells us:

38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Jesus is telling us that we need to give. Here in Luke he does not say give of your money and you will be blessed. He is telling us to give period. Jesus is saying that if you give of your money, your time, your love, or whatever He has blessed you with, it and more will be returned to you. Don’t mistake this for a form of prosperity Gospel. Jesus is talking to His disciples here, to people who already believe and already have a God Ordained passion. What this message is saying is that if you Love God with all of your Heart, and you give what God has given you, He will bless you in return.

Ultimately being Great at the Great Commandment is simply embracing your passion and living with compassion. Give what you have been given to bless others. Every act of generosity and compassion can have a ripple effect. It will touch others, change their lives, and change your heart.

Jesus told us in Mark 12:29-30, that the Great Commandment is the most important commandment. Jesus told us we need to Love God with all of our Heart, our goal in life needs to be finding out exactly how we can do, and then doing it.

We need to be Great at the Great Commandment!

Thanks for reading and God’s Blessing be upon you!

Pastor Robert

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April 18, 2010 - Posted by | Sermon

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