“To many, God is one of those things; that is, God is one of the things that are important to them. So they place God as equal to or lower than other considerations. Money, position, power, social relations, comfort, pleasure, traditional/ cultural beliefs – God is one of those things to them. What I am saying here is that, if any of these conflicts with their loyalty towards God, they are likely to be indifferent; I mean, sit on the fence. That is, any of these can affect their relationship with God, can stop them from praying or make them pray the more.
As for me, God is the only thing. God is the only reason. If God is the only reason, your commitment to Him would be total but if God is one of those things, your commitment to Him would be partial. Joshua said to his people, ‘As for me and my household, the only reason is God. Therefore, my commitment to Him is total, not partial’.
Like Joshua of old, I am putting it to you this day to choose what you make of God. Is He one of those things in your life or the only reason? Remember, if you make Him one of those things in your life, your commitment to Him would be partial. If you choose to make Him the only reason in your life, your commitment to Him would be total.
This is what Jesus instructed in Matthew 22:37, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” When can a man be said to do this? When are you said to do this? That is when you love nothing in comparison of Him but in reference to Him alone. I mean, in readiness to give up, do or suffer anything in order to glorify or please Him. When you are ready to sacrifice your time, body, health and comfort – I mean, every good thing the Lord has given you – for the honour of God, this means you have made Him the only reason in your life. If you choose to make Him the only reason, your commitment to Him would be total, not partial.” – T.B. Joshua