|Doing things with all our heart is a challenge, but we see throughout scripture God wants our everything, not our leftovers. The Bible tells us that we should OBEY God with our whole heart.
Psalm 119:34New International Version (NIV)
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
Obedience isn’t a word we often use because it suggests hierarchy- it means submitting ourselves but the Bible says we’re to obey God with all our hearts
We see a continuing theme here, to do things with all our heart means that we have to remove things that want in on the action. To obey God with all our hearts means to do whatever he tells us to do.
To obey means we need to be listening. We need to be asking, We need to be praying. To obey means to then step out and take that call, challenge, instruction into action.
To obey can mean to do something that other people don’t understand, can’t get their heads round or seems foolish to man.
Take Jonah. He didn’t obey and it got him into the belly of a fish. To not obey is to disobey. When it comes to wholehearted obedience there isn’t really a grey area in the middle of the two!
Are you asking God and listening to God? Are you asking Him what He wants you to do?
What is God asking you to do?
Are you obeying?
Is there something you know God has been asking you to do that you’re putting off out of fear that it will seem foolish to man?
On the 10th September I’m going to sharing my experiences from Ethiopia and about the amazing work of Stand by Me as well as thinking ahead to next years mission!