Hello there! I’m Abby, and I am absolutely thrilled that I get to share my heart with you all today! I hope and pray that I’ll be an encouragement to you.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Recently during my devotion time, I came across this verse and the Lord began to speak to me about that last little phrase: “with all your heart”. I began thinking about how often I find myself doing things with a half hearted attitude, and most of the time, I get away with it without anyone else ever knowing. Often I’m guilty of having this mentality about schoolwork or chores, or some times… about my own personal relationship with the Lord. It’s easy to let serving Him become a habit, and without even realizing it, I start to go through the motions of my Christian walk without sincerity.
I’m positive I’m not the only one who struggles with this, so I want to encourage you all with this thought today: our God WANTS us to be whole-hearted Christians. The word ‘whole-hearted’ is defined as “showing or characterized by complete sincerity and commitment”. The Lord wants us to be passionate and joyful about being one of His children! There are many specific areas that His Word tells us over and over that we need to be whole-hearted in. Here are just a few:
Mark 12:30 says, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
This is such a popular verse that I don’t think Christians today really think about what it means to love him with all of their hearts. I mean, we’re saved, so of course we love Him! But do we really love Him with ALL our hearts, with every ounce of strength and sincerity in our being? To love him fully, we must trust him fully. To love Him sincerely, we must be willing to learn to praise Him no matter the circumstance.
• Serving Him.
This one doesn’t seem as simple as just loving Him. Serving is putting that love into action and showing others that your relationship with the Lord is important to you.
“Only fear the Lord , and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” (1 Samuel 12:24)
Serving Him whole-heartedly also means serving others. Having a servant’s heart isn’t easy and definitely not something that comes naturally, at least for me. But if you daily ask the Lord to give you a desire to show others His goodness through you, He will.
• Seeking Him.
Seeking the Lord with our whole hearts is so important, yet I feel that it isn’t something we hear being talked about very often. It takes some serious commitment and determination to actually seek the Lord and to have a desire to know him fuller and deeper every day. He promises us that if we seek Him, we will always find Him. If we want to develop a close walk with Him, we must spend time with Him in whole-hearted sincerity. I’ll admit, this is something I’m working on in my life. I don’t always put all my effort into seeking Him, but I’m learning that there is such peace and joy when I do!
I don’t know about you, but my goal, my desire, and my entire purpose for living, is to please the Lord to the very best of my ability. I want to love Him, serve Him, and seek Him with every fiber of my being. I think if a handful of Christians got serious with God, and were determined to be whole-hearted in all that we do, we would CHANGE THE WORLD.
love and prayers,