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Forever Jones Song

He Wants It All Lyrics by Forever Jones

This week I heard the words He wants it all in my spirit and I heard it the way Forever Jones sings it in their song He Wants It All. What’s crazy is I haven’t listened to the song since I lived in Atlanta 6 years ago and then all of a sudden, I hear the tagline, “He wants it all…He wants it all.”

So I immediately looked up the song again that I used to play on repeat and sing my heart out to in my car and I remembered why I loved the song. Check out the chorus:

and He says, love Me, love Me with your whole heart
He wants it all today
serve Me, serve Me with your life now
He wants it all today
bow down, let go of your idols
He wants it all today (x4)

It’s beautiful how much God loves us! It’s infatuating! It’s exhilarating! It’s romantic! And all God asks for is All. All!? You might say, “All is too much!” Or you could read the lyrics above and probably just see the words Serve Me and Let Go in big red warning letters flashing before your eyes. You think to yourself, “Why does following God have to be so hard?” Actually, it’s not. Giving God your All is easier than you think when you remind yourself of the vastness of His love for you. When you know that He first loved you and because He loves you so much, He craves your affection, your attention, your All.

How can you know He loved you first? Go to His Word. I’ll share my top 3 verses that you can claim as your love promises too:

Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. Isaiah 43:4 (NLT)

I remember a time I told God that I wanted to find a place where HE said the words I love you in the Bible and that’s when I found that verse in Isaiah.

I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. Hosea 2:19 (NLT)

I absolutely love this promise of unfailing love! This verse is so powerful when you realize that His unfailing love for us also contains promises of righteousness, justice and compassion. It means we are never forgotten, we are never without His help. Do you need justice in a particular situation? He has betrothed you and His justice is yours. Are you struggling and no one cares? You’re not alone. You’re married to the King of Kings and His compassion is there for you. Do you feel like no matter how hard you try, you keep making the same mistakes or taking more steps backwards than forward? He is your righteousness.

I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine. Ezekiel 16:8b (NIV)

If you continue reading a couple more verses you see a vivid picture of what His love and care looks like. God is exorbitant in His generosity and His lovingkindness towards us.  When He enters into covenant with you, you become His and He will not withhold any good thing from you. (Psalm 84:11)

So, actually, at this point, He doesn’t even have to ask me to love Him, I really can’t help but love Him. When I think of how much He loves me, I am filled with love and gratitude and I want to love and honor Him back. If that looks like giving him my whole heart, I do it willingly. If that looks like serving Him with my life, I’m running to serve Him. Side note: Serving Him with your life just looks like becoming the person you were created to be and letting your talents, gifting and your uniqueness for which purpose you were created be manifested. He made you for a unique calling and you’ll be happiest in that so serving Him is actually great on so many levels. 

Letting go of anything that comes between such a strong and all-encompassing love becomes an easy imperative because you don’t want anything getting in the way. There’s a grace and ease in letting go of distractions and casting aside false idols. You realize no one else has loved us like the LORD, who loves us just as we are, who can never cast us aside, who looks at us with tenderness, acceptance, approval and a fierce pride because we are His, made in His image and likeness. And if that weren’t enough proof of His love, here’s everyone’s favorite verse and proof of love:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV) 

Sometimes, because we’ve heard this verse so many times we forget just how powerful it is. It’s really SO POWERFUL. It’s the ultimate expression and fulfilled promise of His love for us. And it makes His ask so simple to concede. He wants it All because He gave it All. “I gave others in exchange for you…because you are precious to me…and I love you.” He gave His Son Jesus for you and for me. Don’t ever let go of this proof of His love for you! I hope you too respond as I do:

“Lord, I give you All my Love. Lord, I give you All my Life. I give you my All.”

Kairos Moment: When God reminds you daily that He loves you, in a remembered lyric, in His Word, in His touch, in His creation.

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