God wants your whole heart
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37 (NIV)
Say, does anyone want a candy bar? You do? OK, it’s yours – but first… (Unwrap candy bar and
take a bite). Boy, that’s good! OK, here you go… (Hand candy bar to one of the children.) What?
You don’t want it now? Oh, you mean you wanted the whole thing? You know what? I don’t blame
you. Who would want a half-eaten candy bar? Nobody!
So the message today is: never offer half a candy bar to someone. Oh, that reminds me: never
offer half your heart to God, either.
Let me read you what Jesus said in Matthew 22, verse 37: “Love the Lord your God with half your
heart, with half your soul and with half your mind.” Wait a minute! Does that sound right? No! Let
me read what it really says: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with
all your mind.” You see, God doesn’t want just part of us. He wants us to give him our all.
In other words, God should be #1 in our lives. That doesn’t mean you can’t have other things in
your life like family and friends, or maybe a special video game or a special toy. It just means they
shouldn’t be more important to us than God. We should be willing to give them up if God wants
us to – even if it’s family and friends. And that can be really hard to do. But God gives us his Holy
Spirit power to help us do the things that are hard.
So instead of giving you a half eaten candy bar, I’m going to give each of you a whole one. But
before I do, let’s pray: Our Father in heaven, help us to make sure that you are the most important
thing in our lives. Help us to give you our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole mind. In
Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Song: “All for Jesus”
Copyright © 2008 Steven Rudolph. All rights reserved.