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June 27, 2011

II Chronicles 31: 20, 21 “And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments to seek his God, he did it with all his heart and prospered.”

Our salvation cost God His ONLY begotten Son, and our Redeemer shed His very life’s blood to save our souls. Yet, as His followers our service and love for Him is often halfhearted at best. Why? Certainly, we are not bound by the law, and we don’t have to work to be saved or to keep ourselves saved. But shouldn’t His sacrificial love for us motivate us to serve Him with fervency and passion?

Paul said, “For the love of Christ constraineth us..that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again” in II Corinthians 5:14, 15. Most likely, the reason for our half-hearted love for God is due to selfishness, or as Paul wrote, we our living unto ourselves. Jesus prayed, “Not my will” in His darkest hour. Not until we are ready to relinquish our will and our “rights” will we be passionate about Jesus and others.

In a day when even ministry is marked by extreme selfishness and self promotion, may God help us serve God “in all humility of mind” (Acts 20:19) and as Hezekiah, “with all (our) heart!”

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