We are challenged to consecrate our lives entirely to God; doing everything out of love for the Lord and for our brothers and sisters. This is the definition of a life totally consecrated to God, this is how He calls us all to live.
We consider three things:
*The Lord wants all of you – your whole life.
*Why He wants your whole life.
*How you can give Him more of your life.
Many churches today do not believe that the Ten Commandments provide a standard that believers need to keep. We examine:
*First, the arguments they often use to come to this conclusion,
*Second, why, in contrast, we believe the Bible teaches they still are the standard for believers, and
*Finally, what difference it makes.
The first commandment, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Ex. 20:3), or, which is the same thing, "You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only" (Matt. 4:10) is the foundation of all those that follow. If we don't want to keep this one, we will certainly not want to keep the rest.
We consider three things in relation to this first and great Commandment:
*That we must believe that God is,
*That we must devote our lives to Him, and
*How this is to work itself out in our lives.
Put simply, we see that we must love God more than anyone or anything else and worship Him alone.
There is a lot of confusion in this day and age concerning the love of God, what it is and how it applies to mankind.
We see that God has a special love for "His people," whom He chose to save before the foundation of the world. This love moved Him to send Jesus to the cross in order to save them from the punishment they deserved because of their sin. When the Gospel is preached, He enables them to believe in the Lord Jesus for salvation.
In contrast, God loves those who will not believe in a different way. Because of His infinite goodness, He sustains them in life and gives them many good things, even while they continue in their hatred of Him and their pursuit of wickedness.
Since this is the situation as God reveals it in the Bible, we are all urged to make sure we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and become recipients of the special, saving love of God for those who are His people.
As believers, we want to live our lives in devotion to the Lord. He gave us the 10 Commandments to show us how we may do this and tonight we consider the Second, which teaches us that we are to love Him in the way that He accepts. We look at this subject under the following headings:
*First, how we are to worship/love God, and
*Second, why we should worship/love Him the way He commands.