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Love God with your Whole Heart: an Illustration for Deut 6:5

Posted by Douglas Twitchell on Jul 29, 2007
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~Deuteronomy 6:5
If you've ever been to Camp Fairhaven, you've probably met Dunkin. Dunkin is not a person, he's a dog. He belongs to Dave, who is currently one of the directors at the camp.

I've never seen a dog quite like Dunkin. I've never seen a dog so devoted to his master. If Dave is in the camp office, Dunkin will stand just outside the office door and stare at him. Doesn't matter if Dave is in there for three hours; Dunkin is content to stare for three hours.

Dunkin follows Dave everywhere. Once, when Dave ended up on the opposite side of the lake from Dunkin, Dunkin didn't wait for Dave to come get him - he swam all the way accross the lake to get back to Dave.

If I opened the door of my car and Dave opened the door of his truck, I have no doubt which vehicle Dunkin would get in. If I stood there and called him by name, I still have no doubt which vehicle he would get in. And, if I stood there and called him by name while holding a doggie treat for him, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he would still get in Dave's truck instead of my car.

This is devotion, pure and simple. And in Deuteronomy 6:5, we are told that we should be wholeheartedly devoted to God. We should have the same love and devotion that Dunkin has toward Dave. For us, there should be no one else who steals our attention and devotion from God.

But how often does Satan hold out a "doggie treat" (temptation) to me and say "Here, Doug!" and I have no qualms about getting on board with him?

I want to be so devoted to God that when Satan tries to get my attention, I don't even stop to consider the possibility of betraying God.

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