“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“As Much as in Me Is”

(Please read Romans 1:14-15, KJV)

May 18

Paul assured the saints at Rome of his desire to visit them and of his feeling of indebtedness because Christ had died for him. As a result, he was ready to preach the gospel in Rome as he had elsewhere. He was not only ready to preach there, he was ready to give his very best to the task. Later versions generally put it about like this: “For my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.” But isn’t our title, from the King James, a bit better at conveying the enthusiasm and dedication of this great apostle?

Complete dedication to the Lord’s work is taught by both precept and example in the Bible. Consider the poor widow whom Jesus watched as she put her offering into the treasury (Mark 12:43-44). He commended her to his disciples, saying she had “put in all she owned, all she had to live on” (NASB).

Or the Macedonians, who lived in deep poverty but were so generous that they contributed for the needy even “beyond their ability” (see 2 Corinthians 8:1-5). Their generosity with money could come about only because they had first given themselves to the Lord.

Can people be that dedicated today? Yes, if we remember and follow what Jesus called “the great and foremost commandment,” – that is to love God with all our heart, souls and minds.

So we’re really talking about total commitment and love, aren’t we? Paul had it, the widow had it, the Macedonians had it, and with the Lord’s help we can have it too. Why not talk to Him about it today?


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