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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    A Gift for the One Who Has Everything

    How can we know what God wants? From the Old Testament to the New, God makes it very clear He is not interested in mindless rituals, sacrifices (be they animal, financial, time, etc.), traditions, or piety. The God of the Bible is interested in the hearts and souls of people.


    He wants our love, our absolute devotion to Him for all the love and care He has lavished on us. He doesn’t want or need our “stuff”, food, clothing, or money. He doesn’t want or need us to do or buy or reclaim anything for Him. Those are things lifeless idols need. Isaiah 1:11-13 says,


    “"The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats…Stop bringing meaningless offerings!"


    But He does want our earnest and honest prayers. And He does want our love in full. Luke 10:25-28,


    “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?" He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’ "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."



    "How much do I owe you?" said the man to his Lord.
    "For giving me this day and every day that's gone before.
    "Shall I build a temple, shall I make a sacrifice?
    "Tell me Lord and I will pay the price."

    And the Lord said: "I won't take less than your love, sweet love.
    "No, I won't take less than your love. 
    "All the treasures of the world could never be enough,
    "And I won't take less than your love." 


    ~Tanya Tucker, I Won’t Take Less Than Your Love



    What can I give Him,
    Poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd,
    I would bring a lamb.
    If I were a wise man,
    I'd sure do my part.
    So what can I give Him?
    I'll give Him my heart... 
    But all of my heart?

    What can you give Him?
    What can you bring?
    What can you offer
    That's fit for a King?
    Bow before Jesus,
    That's where you can start.
    What can you give Him?
    Just give Him your heart...
    What can you give Him
    But all of your heart?
    ...What can you give Him?
    Just give Him your heart.

    (Based on the poem/song, In the Bleak Midwinter


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