Heart and Soul


I’ve found that many believers aren’t too keen on reading the old testament. And even if they journey there every once in a while, books like Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are often avoided. But I encourage you to give them a look. You might find that there are a lot of powerful accounts that help us to better understand our God and his character. We can also learn from the Israelites and in many ways, apply what God says to them to ourselves a well. One such example comes from Deuteronomy chapter 10 verses 12 and 13 which says:

"And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?"

In this, Moses describes an attitude of total reverence for God, total obedience to God, and total dedication to God. He says that we are to walk in his ways, to love him and to serve him with all of our heart and soul. And although he is talking to the Israelites here, I think that we today, should adopt this same attitude. I encourage you to follow God with everything that is in you. To pattern your entire personality, your goals, your thoughts and your life on a submitted and dedicated relationship to our created. And to serve him with all of your heart and soul.


To love and to serve God with all of our heart and soul means total commitment. It doesn’t mean serving him half way. It means going all in. In my mind, I picture someone literally throwing off everything that doesn’t matter in life and running hard after him - kind of like the parable of the pearl found in the field. He sold everything he had to buy the field to obtain the pearl. That is the attitude that every believer should aspire to. That is the attitude that God seeks in his people. He wants followers who will worship him in spirit and in truth. And there is no stronger evidence of that than to serve him with all of your heart and soul.