Scripture Repeatedly Says “All” and “One”

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Two simple (yet powerful!) words: “All” and “One”

When we look for clues in literature, one of the things we look for is repetition. Nowhere is this more true than in God’s Word.

In the mandate found in Mark 12:28-31, Jesus frames His command with the ultimate declaration: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” You can almost hear Him emphasize that last word. “One” may be short, but its meaning is huge. Then in stating God’s mandate, Jesus repeats the word “all” four times.

I want to link together and show how important “One” and “All” are as the starting blocks in the Heart Mapping journey.

All and One are the language of desperation. All and One are irreducible. All and One are God’s currency in the transaction that is your life. Ultimately, they rule out a Plan B and set your heart on a fixed course that will define your life.

We will look at God’s Unlimited Fidelity—the limitless ways He pursues, pays for, and plans out your heart’s journey into wholeness and into His kingdom. We’ll look at the magnificent picture of the Threshing Floor and why John the Baptist called this harvest, sifting, and storing of your life ”good news.”

If this sounds heavy, it isn’t. It really comes down to seeing and fixing our gaze on two simple (yet powerful!) words, “All” and “One.”

The Power of Repetition

The Oregon Ducks motto: "Win the Day"

The Oregon Ducks motto: “Win the Day”

Mandates are to be repeated and repeated often. The language of repetition is important. You can observe how often people repeat their message. Just watch a football game and you’ll see the same commercial ten times. Advertisers know is takes five or six times to break through your defenses. I listen to our local sports talk radio and there’s Chip Kelly, his coaching staff, and every Oregon Duck player repeating their daily mandate, “Win the Day.”

God too is zealous for His mandate. His epilogue to the Law in Deuteronomy 6 sets a pattern for how to repeat the mandate every day and to repeat it in every way. This is where Jesus turns in summing up the most important priority of the heart—the mandate to obey the first commandment: Love God first.

God knows there’s a lot of static competing for your space and you have to keep actively contending for your mandate.

  • Mandate is the guiding priority that helps us sort out life.
  • Mandate makes sure the lesser things get done. If you do the one big thing, all the other stuff falls in place (think Ford’s motto, “Quality is job one”).

So, do you know what your mandate is? If you have to think about it, even for a second, you haven’t repeated it enough yet. That’s okay. Just do whatever it takes to repeat it a lot in coming days!