This duck is remarkable with its beautiful colors! The name of the Bufflehead was derived from “buffalo head” due the male’s odd puffy head shape. But what interested me was his feeding habits. He rarely feeds with only his head submerged but instead will completely submerge himself. Many times a whole flock will all surface dive at the same time! This energetic feeder is “all in.”
Today’s verse describes one who is all in! God’s command did not allow for any half measures. He wants a love that is total and complete with no holding back. We are to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, and strength. When Jesus cited this command He added “all your mind” as well (Mark 12:30). This is a commitment like no other. God’s commands are to be on our hearts and impressed on the next generation through living them everyday in the home (verses 6-9). The love He wants is one that involves our entire being.
It is because He loves me that He wants all of me. But to give the Lord my all is a life-long challenge. It means trusting Him not to hurt or disappoint. And to completely relinquish all of me to Him also means the giving up of my own control. But He has the right to ask this of me. He so loved and so proved His love for me by His sacrifice, that it is ludicrous for me to hold back anything! And I find that when I can be “all in” there is a closeness and warmth unlike any human relationship! It is worth the effort!
Lord, may my love for You involve my entire being.