The Whole Hearted Life
“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea,
I shall observe it with my whole heart.”
Psalm 119:34, KJV
The law kept with the whole heart not only obeys it, but does so, believing the worth of the law.
- The whole heart genuinely trusts the one making the law.
- A heart wholly devoted to the Lord rests in peace.
- Anything less than the whole results in uncertainty and eventually falters.
“And if a house be divided against itself,
that house cannot stand”—
nor can a heart.
(Scripture from Mark 3:25, KJV; The last four words are my thought.)
A divided heart is motivated by half an effort, half a conviction, and half the passion. It ends in an empty result.
- A work done half-heartedly … Is a work not done.
- A word spoken half-heartedly … Should remain unspoken.
- A half-hearted love … is no love at all.
The Lord commands and deserves our whole hearted service.
“Now therefore fear the LORD,
and serve him in sincerity and in truth:
and put away the gods which your fathers
served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt;
and serve ye the LORD.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve,
whether the gods which your fathers served …
but as for me and my house,
we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:14, 15, KJV
The whole heart serves the Lord—
- in sincerity and in truth;
- and the Lord alone, no others.
- He fills the heart with all that fills his heart;
- with a committed choice.
When Joshua presented Israel with the two choices, the people vowed to serve the Lord and him alone. But when they watched their neighbors, their hearts became divided. They spoke before searching their hearts. They spoke out of emotion not a heart wholly given to the Lord. Joshua told them as much. (See Joshua 24:14-28)
The whole hearted servant of the Lord speaks from the heart not just the lips.
“Be not rash with thy mouth,
and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:
for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:
therefore let thy words be few…
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow,
than that thou shouldest vow and not pay …
THIS PEOPLE DRAWETH NIGH UNTO ME WITH THEIR MOUTH,
AND HONOURETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS;
BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME.”
Ecclesiastes 5:2,5;Matthew 15:8, KJV
The Lord does not accept a half-hearted work, a half-hearted commitment, nor a half-hearted love. We are:
- to offer our— “bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1b, KJV
- to heed Jesus’s words— “THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND.” Matthew 22:37, KJV
Salvation, justification, sanctification, glorification is a whole hearted work of the living Word of God born our of his whole hearted love for us.
“We love him, because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19, KJV
It’s time to praise the Lord with our sacrifice of praise offered from a heart wholly devoted to him in love.
“I will praise thee, O LORD,
with my whole heart;
I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee:
I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
Psalm 9: 1-2, KJV
There really is no half a heart. Let’s make our choice—all or nothing. Which will it be?