6/17/16: Doing the Most
My high school students started using the slang phrase “doing the most” to refer to someone whom they considered to be acting in an exaggerated manner. If a young lady wore too much make-up, she was “doing the most.” If a young man had splashed on too much cologne, he was “doing the most.” If a teacher assigned lots of homework, she was “doing the most.” (I was accused of this last one all the time, but that’s another story.)
Unfortunately, my teens’ assessment wasn’t always a function of the reflection of the truth. Sometimes they applied that phrase when they were envious of another person’s achievement. For example, the student who always studied and received “A’s” on his assignments, the athlete who worked out alone an hour before school every day, and the cheerleader who refused to wear her skirt so tantalizingly short were all said to be “doing the most.”
Although the teens with whom I was dealing got their “doing the most” evaluation twisted, God is clear on the fact that He expects us to be “doing the most” when it comes to our devotion to Him. Like the “A” student, the athlete, and the cheerleader above, King Josiah is a positive example of “doing the most.” When the Book of the Law was found and read to him, he launched a campaign to obey every single word. Second Kings 23:3 reads, “Then the king stood by a pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book…” (NKJ). He swept through the land burning the idols, pulling down the high places, tearing down the ritual booths, and removing everything that had been dedicated and used in the worship of other gods. Later in that chapter it is said of him, “Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him” II Kings 23:25 (NKJ).
The testimony of Josiah’s life sounds a lot like he could have been listening in on a conversation that happened years later between a lawyer and Jesus. Matthew 22:36-40 relates the discussion:
- “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (NKJ)
Josiah gives us an example of why God could say that he “turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might.” Josiah did something about what he read in the Book of the Law. His actions were proof of his commitment to God. He was “doing the most.”
If we want it to be said of us that we love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind and might, our actions ought to show it. We must constantly be about the business, as Josiah was, of pulling down the high places in our lives. Second Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension (every high thing) that sets itself up (exalts itself) against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV).
Let’s be caught today of “doing the most” for God.
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