All In

All in means to be fully committed to or involved in something. Deuteronomy 6:5 is an all in verse. It is the foundation that God laid for the children of Israel. It says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

When Jesus quoted it in Mark 12:30 He added, “…with all your mind…” The Strong’s for mind is literally a thinking through. It suggests understanding, insight, meditation, reflection, perception, the gift of apprehension, and the faculty of thought. 

I’ve been thinking about the four words: heart, soul, strength, and mind. They speak of commitment to not compromise. The children of Israel failed in this. They went after other gods, gave their children to marry within the nations God told them to destroy~unfaithful in many ways.

1 Corinthians 10:6 says, “Now these things become our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.” Compromise is the fruit of unbridled thoughts.

Heart~affections. Soul~life. Strength~silent trust in God alone. Mind~seat of our actions. I love David’s words in Psalm 63:8. The Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.”

Whole being: heart, soul, strength, mind. David spoke to his son Solomon. 1 Chronicles 28:9 Amplified says, “…know the God of your father (have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him) and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind…”


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