The question asked

The call – encompassing all of life

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. - 1 John 4:9,10 (ESV)

All your heart

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
2I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. - Ps 9:1-2 (ESV)

My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. 7I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. – Jer 24:6-7 (ESV)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and ruste destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Mt 6:19-21 (ESV)

All your soul

The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. – Gen 2:7 (ESV)

A strong, extravagant fondness, enthusiasm or desire for something or someone.
– Daniel Webster

What can one say about such an attitude? I content myself by asking a few questions. Can a man see himself as a [condemned] sinner without emotion? Can a man listen to the thunderings of the Law and feel nothing? Or conversely, can a man really contemplate the love of God in Christ Jesus and feel no emotion? The whole position is utterly ridiculous. I fear that many people today in their reaction against excesses and emotionalism put themselves into a position in which, in the end, they are virtually denying the Truth. The gospel of Jesus Christ takes up the whole man, and if what purports to be the gospel does not do so it is not the gospel. The gospel is meant to do that, and it does that. The whole man is involved because the gospel leads to regeneration; and so I say that this element of pathos and emotion, this element of being moved, should always be prominent in preaching. - Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones

All your mind

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. - Col 3:1-2 (ESV)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Phil 4:8-9 (ESV)

All your strength

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” - John 14:15 (ESV)

“Whenever a change occurs in the religious opinions of a community, it is always preceded by a change in their religious feelings. The natural expression of the feelings of true piety, is the doctrines of the Bible. As long as these feelings are retained, these doctrines will be retained; but should they be lost, the doctrines are either held for form sake or rejected, according to circumstance; and if the feelings again be called into life, the doctrines return as a matter of course.” - Charles Hodge

The focus – three words

Dwight L Moody was dramatically impacted by these words, ““The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him.” He felt this great call and said “by God’s help, I aim to be that man.” It comes down to a decision, are you willing to go all in for Christ? How do you purpose to respond today? This week? This coming month? Go live out your love for our Great God!

Joel Peabody

Joel grew up overseas watching his parents proclaim the Gospel in Morocco and Spain; at ten, he recognized his own need for Christ’s redemption. He met and married Deb in Bible College and God has blessed them with the joy of raising two children, Logan and Katie, who are now married and serving God in their own families. Through more than 30 years together, they have watched God faithfully care for and prepare them to in turn minister to others.

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