An excerpt from my book, One-Minute Devotions on Prayer:
“Love the LORD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22.37-38)
A man and woman were coming upon their 50th wedding anniversary. She asked how they should mark this special occasion. He threw out some ideas: they could host a reception at a banquet hall, go on a ten-day cruise, reenact their wedding ceremony, or upgrade their wedding rings.
“Wow, these ideas are wonderful,” she said, “But there’s just one thing I want.”
He responded, “What’s that my love? You can have anything.”
She hugged him and said, “To know that you’re still all in.”
At that, he hugged her and said, “I am, my love, I love you through and through, with all that is in me.”
And that’s how they marked their 50th anniversary.
A teacher of the law asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus answered, “To love God with all that is in you, through and through.” This commandment summed up all the rest. Tell God you’re all in. You may need to hear it as much as he does.
Let’s pray: “God, I’m all in. Help me to love you through and through—heart, soul, and mind.”