Only Two Things Count

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” – Matthew 22:37-39

I’m sitting at a hotel in Atlanta, enjoying the quiet and waiting for my workshop to begin. This morning I’ve been reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Much like David Platt’s Radical, Chan’s book is challenging me to examine my life to see how it measures up to what the Bible says about following Jesus. Although I have been a believer for more than thirty years, I fear that most of the last three decades of my life have been lived selfishly. I have, for the most part, failed to give God my best, my firstfruits, my all.

Listen to what Chan writes on this subject in Chapter 5, “Serving Leftovers to a Holy God” (p.96-97):

“Many of us believe that we have as much of God as we want right now, a reasonable portion of God among all the other things in our lives. But, the fact is that nothing should concern us more than our relationship with God; it’s about eternity, and nothing compares with that. God is not someone who can be tacked on to our lives.

We need to realize that how we spend our time, what our money goes toward, and where we will invest our energy is equivalent to choosing God or rejecting Him.

Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made?”

When I read that last paragraph, I put the book down. I prayed, “Oh, God. I have wasted so much of my life worrying about things that have no eternal significance. I’ve thought more about myself than others. I’ve put myself on the throne instead of letting You reign. Give me the courage to be willing to do whatever you ask, to give what You want me to give, and to go where you want me to go.”

This life of total surrender isn’t easy. In fact, it’s downright painful. It requires that we deny self, which is never easy, and give God complete control of our lives.

What about you? How is God speaking to you about the way you live your life?

Our purpose on this earth is to love God and love people. That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. Those are the only two things that matter. Those are the only two things that count.

Comments

  1. That preaches girl! Thanks for sharing your books and insights, you have got me thinking!