Roman 1:9 God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
I can always tell when I’m slipping away from God with my whole heart because the tale-tale sign is I start to think of others less.
Thinking of others is a fruit of serving God with your whole heart. It’s the nature of God to think of others. Jesus showed this kind of life witness consistently.
At the Last Supper, He washed the feet of the disciples after they had stepped over the water basin of service. God served His creation.
You can hear the cry of His whole heart when Jesus, in the garden, cried out, “”My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” He saw there would be no future without His sacrifice for others.
On the cross, His whole heart for others is once again shown. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. His whole heart cast a shadow over the selfish act of soldiers wanting His clothes.
We are called to think of others. We are called to remember others. We are called to serve others. It’s a God thing. It’s a whole heart thing.
Don’t forget others. God didn’t forget you when you were THE OTHER.
Adapted from author Steve Wrights, 1/6/13, http://bit.ly/WEynMr