October/November 2014 - Vol. 76
praying and
                            reading Scripture together 
Giving Our All to God 
by Tom Caballes
And you shall 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 12:30
A friend of mine shared that she does not want to be too close to God because of the consequences she saw in the lives of some of those who gave their lives fully to God – hardships, suffering, sorrow, etc. I remembered that this is why Teresa of Avila jokingly thought that God has only few friends is because of the way He treats them. Some give to God only their ‘loose change’ both financially and in other ways - not their ‘first fruits’ nor their best.

Many people have different excuses why they do not give their all to God – compromises with the world, pleasures that they cannot live without, or grudges that they cannot forgive. Some do not share God to others because of fear of being laughed at. How about you – what is your excuse for not giving your all to God? Remember: God does not like lukewarm people. According to Revelations 3:15-16, He spits them out. It’s either you go all out for God – or do not go at all.

How do I give my all to God?
  1. It all starts from within. Have you decided to follow God, with all of your life, for the rest of your life? Who is in your life’s driver seat? Have you decided come hell or high waters you will stick with God? 
  2. Decide to know and follow God’s will for your life, not your own will – in all areas of your life.
  3.  Develop habits that helps you grow as a disciple of God. Daily prayer, Scripture study, service, and righteous speech patterns are some of the good habits that draw us closer to God.
  4. Grow in God’s character. Imitate his love, patience, and service to others. Think first what would Jesus have done if He was in your situation? Strive to grow in holiness, which is being set apart for God.
  5. Seek to become great in God’s eyes by serving others. We live in a Kingdom that is upside down – the more people we care for and serve, the greater we are in God’s eyes. Be generous to God, His people and with others who are in need with our time, talent and resources.
  6. Be willing to get out of our comfort zone and share to others about our life in God. Be willing to suffer persecution as we identify ourselves with God. Rejoice instead when this happens! See Matthew 5:11.
  7. Spend time with people who have the same mind as yours. If you hang around with people who are lukewarm and superficial, do you think they will help you be all out for God?
  8. Aim and seek to become a martyr, the ultimate act of giving our all to God. Yet at this time and age, there are probably few opportunities to be a real martyr. How about being a daily martyr, dying to own flesh every day, to daily relationship difficulties, and to other daily difficulties? This type of martyrdom might even be harder. Why? It requires dying every day, not just once!

Other Scripture passages:

  1. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? [Psalms 42:1-2]
  2. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. [Psalms 63:1]
  3. How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. [Psalms 84:1-2] 
  4. Other references: Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21; Philippians 3:7-11; Colossians 3:1-3.

For reflecton or sharing:

  1. What areas in your life are you not releasing to God and keeping to yourself?Why?
  2. In what way can you practice daily martyrdom at home, in school, or at work?


Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.



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