1) Why should we give all to Him?
The verse above tells us that in view of God’s mercy we should offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. We give ourselves to God because of His mercy.
What is mercy? According to Webster’s dictionary mercy is:
1) Compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power;
2) A blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion b : a fortunate circumstance < 3) compassionate treatment of those in distress.
The Bible defines mercy as:
"Withholding the judgment that one deserves"
What does Romans 3:23 tell us we deserve?
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The key is we are given the Gift of eternal life through God’s mercy of sending His Son Jesus.
2) All, what does that mean?
In today’s world children are increasingly offered more and more things to fill your life with. Just as an example just in the world of electronic games you have; Nintendo Wii, X-Box, Playstation, Nintendo DSs, Playstations PSPs & I-Pods, I-Touches, Android Phones…….. you name it you have access to it. That’s just electronic games how about sports, children now have access to Football, baseball/ softball, basketball, hockey, soccer, competitive cheerleading, dance, figure skating. How about the world of music you can take lessons in violin, guitar, piano, voice, drums……
None of these things are bad, in fact most of them are extremely fun but when we start putting them before God that’s when it becomes a problem. When the time spent on these things of the world keep you from studying God’s word or even attending Church that is when it becomes a problem. When you let things of the world get between you and God.
On Wednesday nights we have been studying the Ten Commandments commandment the first two commandments are:
Genesis 20: 3-63 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
From that scripture God is pretty clear that He wants our full attention. The Bible states in several different places to Love God with all we have. No where does it say partial love is okay.