“Nothing is impossible if one has the will to do,” as the proverb says. This means if one concentrates his mind on one thing, there is nothing he can not do.
When a new year comes, people make various plans, but most of them do not fulfill all their plans by the end of the year. He who tries to do too many things at once cannot accomplish anything. What about the man who continually struggles for one goal? He eventually accomplishes his goal, sooner or later.
Lugworms dig their holes very well, even though they have soft bodies and no part of their bodies is hard enough to be used as a tool. However, crabs, even though they have better physical conditions than the lugworms, do not try to make their homes but live in the holes digged by others.
This comes from their different life habits: The lugworms tend to concentrate on one thing, while the crabs tend to do many things at once, not steadily concentrating on one thing. The crabs have a hard shell and strong claws serving as good tools; they protect themselves against enemies while eating food; they are busy doing many other things while crawling. Consequently they do not make their own homes.
There is an ancient phrase ‘中石沒鏃’ in Chinese, which originated with General Li Guang at the time of the Han dynasty, China. This phrase also means that if one concentrates his mind on one target, there is nothing impossible to accomplish.
Li Guang was a great soldier, a master of archery and riding. One dusky evening, he passed through a pine forest. Then he saw a tiger staring at him, sitting in the bush a little distance away. Feeling a sense of crisis, he immediately drew an arrow and shot it. The arrow was accurately stuck in the tiger’s forehead. However, in spite of being hit by the arrow, the tiger did not move at all.
He carefully approached it, and he found that it was not the tiger but a huge rock in the shape of a tiger. He was greatly surprised to see his arrow stuck in the rock. Moving backward some distance, he shot his arrow again. He repeatedly shot his arrows, but each time the arrow bounced off the rock.
If an expert archer shoots an arrow, the arrow can hit the center of the target. From common sense, however, it is almost impossible for the arrow to pierce a rock. In an extremely dangerous situation, he [Li Guang] concentrated 100% on hitting the target, so his arrow could even pierce the rock.
Thus, nothing is impossible if we do it with all our heart. We can accomplish everything when we concentrate our mind on it. Jesus told us to love God with all our heart.
… “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”Mt 22:34-38
“Love God with all your heart” means “Love Him with a 100% love.” If this is God’s will, our heart must be filled with it. Then we can say we love God with all our heart.
The Bible says that the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (Ro 8:5-6), and it emphasizes that we cannot serve both God and money (Lk 16:13). However, sometimes we do not give our heart and mind fully to God; sometimes we concentrate more on the worldly things of this life than God’s will.
To love God fully and completely, we should first understand why we must love God with all our heart. The reason is that God first loved us so much. God has given us everything-His whole heart, His life and His mind. However, we still do not fully understand His love, nor do we put it into action. So Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
God concentrated His whole heart and soul only on saving His lost children (Lk 19:10). For our salvation He gave up all His power, glory and splendor; He came down to this earth in human form and endured the severe suffering and shame of the cross.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil-and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.Heb 2:14-15
God came as a humble person, being made lower than the angels (Heb 2:5-9). It was for our salvation. Since the children have flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in their humanity. In order to save the children, He willingly came as a humble servant and endured being mocked by people.
… Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.Isa 53:1-5
God was despised by His creatures; He experienced all sorrow and suffering. Only for our redemption, He endured all sufferings. He never changed His mind, nor did He give up on His love for us, even a single moment.
In accordance with the will of God, we partake of Christ’s flesh and blood, and we remain in God and God in us and become united with Him. Thus, God has established the new covenant, so that we may follow the same path as He walked and come to salvation. Considering the whole spiritual process God went through for our salvation, we can find out that God’s love has always been there for us-He has loved us with all His heart and with all His soul and with all His mind.
God abandoned the glory of heaven and suffered in our stead; He concentrated His efforts only on our salvation. Considering this, we can fully understand why Jesus said it is the first and greatest commandment to love God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind. It is not because we first loved God that we have come to salvation, but God first loved us and sought us. For the long period of six thousand years, our heavenly Father and Mother have constantly cared for us and guided us.
We shall never forget our Father and Mother’s loving heart and grace, not even for a single moment.
God came to this earth to save us, His children. For the salvation of our souls, He never stopped praying and preaching. He put His whole heart and soul into the salvation of His children; He got up early in the morning and prayed for His sinful children that they might attain spiritual enlightenment and achieve complete repentance and go back to heaven safely; and He continually preached the good news of salvation.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else-to the nearby villages-so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”Mk 1:35-38
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” … Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Mt 4:17-23
Until today God has been praying for His children, always worrying that we will grow weary and fall away from salvation. His constant praying and preaching came from the mind completely concentrated on our salvation.
Christ gave everything to save us; He gave His whole heart, soul and mind. Until the day He was taken up to heaven, He laid Himself out with all His heart to save His remnant and told us to preach.
“ … Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Mt 28:18-20
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”Mk 16:15
There are still many who have not yet received the good news of salvation. Think of God! He thought nothing of the shame and didn’t hesitate to do anything for our salvation. Remembering God’s love for us, we shall boldly proclaim the gospel of the new covenant to all the nations and the peoples of the world.
God gave His whole heart to us. We too should give God all our heart. Let us remove our selfish heart, so that only God can fill our heart. Until our whole heart is filled with Christ, we must continually try harder to truly love God and always live in Him.
As God has loved us, so we must love all the people of the world. God said that whatever we do for one of our brothers, we do for Him, and that anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen (Mt 25:40; 1 Jn 4:20). When we give our whole heart to the salvation of our brothers and sisters, we can fully obey God’s command-“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Taking this word to heart, Apostle Paul threw himself with all his heart and strength into going throughout the whole world and preaching the gospel to all people. Because he gave his whole heart, he could lead many souls to repent before God wherever he went, even though circumstances were difficult and unfavorable.
… However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace … Therefore, I declared to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Ac 20:23-27
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day …2 Ti 4:7-8
Paul said that he considered his life nothing to him. This means that he gave God his whole heart and soul. Just as he said that he finished the race and kept the faith, he completely exhausted himself doing the work of God.
Considering the life of Paul who loved God with all his heart and all his soul, we too should have such great faith. God let Paul’s works be recorded in the Bible, because He wanted us to imitate his faith and deeds.
… Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. … But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Ti 4:1-5
Now, what is left for us to do is the work of an evangelist-the task of preaching the gospel to all people to save them. Like Paul, we are to proclaim the gospel of salvation to all nations of the world. We should teach them God’s word and also give them the love God showed when He saved us. If we show them God’s beautiful love through our actions daily, they too will give the love to others with the joy of receiving the gift of life.
Gracious results come to us when we give our whole heart and soul. Apostle Paul put his whole heart into preaching, and through the one person Paul the gospel began to spread to Samaria and to the ends of the earth. With the same kind of attitude as Paul had, let us awaken the whole world. We are watchmen in this age; our mission is to warn the world from God (Eze 3:17-18). We are to concentrate our mind on the task of awakening. Without giving our whole heart, we cannot move them-we may deliver knowledge to them but fail to help them to receive power or inspiration from God.
Famous actors are completely absorbed in their dramatic roles. They say they can hardly express the inner spirit and feelings of a character without being fully absorbed. Let us consider our duty through the Bible, and devote ourselves fully to our mission. We, children of promise as prophesied in the Bible, are heroes in this age. God told us to go into all the world and preach the good news to all people. Let’s engrave the word of God in our hearts and throw our whole heart and soul into the work of saving our brothers and sisters.
When we give all our heart to God, we can do everything through Him who gives us strength (Php 4:13). Dear brothers and sisters in Zion! Let us love God with all our heart and with all our mind and lead many souls to salvation, so that we can all enter the kingdom of heaven together.