With Everything You Have

Michael Wittmer

READ : Deuteronomy 6:1-9

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (v. 5)

Why do Christians divorce as frequently as unbelievers? Why do we possess an equal number of maxed out credit cards? Why do we watch the same crude, violent, and sexually explicit movies? Why is there little practical difference between our lives and those who do not claim to follow Christ?

A likely culprit is our ability to compartmentalize: we neatly separate our spiritual duties from everyday life. We reserve Sunday morning for God and think that the rest of the week is ours. We give 10 percent (at best) of our income to church and assume that the remainder belongs to us, to spend as we please.

When asked how we are doing spiritually, we consider only the quality of our Bible reading and prayer life. It may never even occur to us to check for signs of obedience in our marriages, bank statements, and entertainment choices.

The early Christians were not persecuted for their active devotional life. They were killed because they dared to say that Jesus, not Caesar, is Lord. When Jesus is Lord of our everyday lives, we will not only live differently than unbelievers; we might even seem a bit dangerous to the powers of this world.


Father, may my whole life display my loyalty to you.