April 11, 2017

Deuteronomy 6:6 (NLT) — 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.

What does it mean to be wholeheartedly committed to the commands of the Lord? Let me try to explain it like this. This past Sunday afternoon at 2:15pm, a good friend of many of the people at Hilltop passed from this life on earth to an eternal life in heaven. A couple of people told me that they had a hard time concentrating in our worship service because Carmen was on their mind. She was foremost in their thoughts and even brought tears to their eyes as they realized she would no longer be with them. They were wholeheartedly thinking about Carmen to the point that it affected what they did outwardly. Carmen would not have had that affect on them had she not been their friend.

I believe that when you come to see and believe that God is your friend you will be able to commit your whole being, mind, will, emotions and spirit, to wholeheartedly obey his words. Isn’t it much easier to do something for a dear friend than it is for a person who is just a mere acquaintance or even a stranger? Certainly we think about our friends more often than strangers or acquaintances. We are careful not to offend our friends because we love them. Because we love them is affects what we do outwardly.

Can God really be one’s friend? Listen to what Jesus said:

John 15:13–15 (NLT) — 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

Jesus calls us friends. Friends do things together; that’s how they become friends. When we obey God’s word we are doing things with him. The more we obey the more we are doing things with God and the better we will get to know him. As we know him better we will become friendlier. As you obey the Lord why not think of it as doing something with a friend. You could say, “Jesus today lets you and me go love my neighbor as I love myself. Let’s go surprise them and take over a pizza for their supper.”

I know that sounds silly coming from a guy like me but if you get in the habit of being a friend of God by talking to him and including him in what you do you will find yourself wholeheartedly committed to Him. I think that is what Abraham did.

James 2:23 (NLT) — 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.

Romans 5:11 (NLT) — 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. That’s good…when I obey God’s word I am doing it WITH Him! Simple enough to remember but often in the doing things FOR him I can forget this very, very important and personal part and get lost in all the work. Thanks for the refocus!