This Month’s Theme:

Called to a Wholehearted Devotion

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

Mark 12:29-30

Baker holding freshly baked bread in his bakery

Reflection

Many of us think that a wholehearted devotion means a lot of “great” actions. But for me, a wholehearted devotion starts with praying and showing gratefulness to God. We always pray and thank Him when He gives us success and happiness, but when we are suffering or heartbroken, our hearts tend to drift from God. 

Loving God is thinking of Him and going to Him whether we are at our happiest or saddest, and thanking Him for always being with us to help us overcome difficulties. Knowing how much God loves us—He sent Jesus who gave His life for us and continues to pray for us every day—the best thing we can do is loving Him with “all our heart, soul, mind, and strength” (Mark 12:29-30) by choosing to trust and depend on Him.

– Cimi Pham

Join in the Conversation

What passions has God placed in your heart? Are you into the arts, words, music, sports, sciences, or business? Do you enjoy being creative and making things from scratch, or do you have a knack for organising or fixing things, or are you a people person? 

How are you enjoying and growing these passions in a way that helps you delight in God?

As we put in the effort to grow our interest and skills, and as we consider our capacities and resources, remember to look to the Lord and let Him be our motivation, wisdom, and strength. Let us also keep in mind that the Lord does not expect us to do many things, only that we be faithful to take care of what we have, and to glorify Him by using every opportunity to bless those around us. 

Reflect

  • What do you think it looks like to love God with all that you have? What are some ways you find easy, and what are some you find harder to do, that you could pray about and ask God for His help?

Topics to Explore

  • With our heart, soul, mind, and strength
    • How do I love God when I’m tired/not feeling it
    • How to acknowledge our emotions without letting feelings decide for us
    • Does loving God mean thinking about God all the time / X ways to love God through our normal, everyday routine
    • X thoughts we often have and how to direct them toward God
    • X ways that help us grow stronger (physically, mentally, spiritually) so we can love God
    • How can I learn to recognise and grow my talent for God’s glory

    Loving God above all

    • What “Do not love the world” (1 John 2:15) actually means 
    • Can I love God and still find money important / How to look at our finances with a biblical perspective
    • Can I be super passionate about something (an interest) without it becoming an idol
    • How can I love God with my online/social media habits
    • What does it mean to love God more than my family / Can I honour my parents even if I disagree with them

    On Lent & Easter

    • Is it okay if I don’t fast?
    • How to have a meaningful Lent season/Holy Week
    • How can we practise communion with a right heart
    • How does Jesus’s resurrection bring us victory

Need encouragement? Here are a few articles to help you reflect:




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