(Writer’s note: I’ve got so many things in my mind right now that I want to put into writing so I might post more than one blog today)
What does wholehearted and halfhearted mean?
Now knowing the definition of these words, may I ask you to stop for a moment to think…
if you’re a student, how well do you study for your exams? how do you respond to your teachers? are you doing your homework on time? do you take each day at school as an opportunity to share God’s Word to your classmates? and live under God’s principles?
if you’re a professional, do you welcome Mondays with a grateful spirit? are you trusting God to deliver you throughout 8 hours (or more) of work? Are you thankful for your job? Do you see your work as an opportunity for you to become a light to your co-workers? Do you murmur or complain because of a difficult task that your boss gave you? how committed are you to finish your tasks?
if you’re a stay-at-home mom, how committed are you to keep your home clean each day? how much time do you give each to fulfill your tasks as a homemaker? Do you enjoy your day at home? or are you bored from doing the same stuff over and over again? Do you see each day as an opportunity to express God’s love towards your family?
if you’re a church goer/worker, are you excited to worship God every Sunday? is your heart prepared before going to church? do you dress your best as a servant of God? do you see each service as an opportunity to encourage others, to help in any way, to serve God, to listen to what He has to say through His Word? or is your mind lingering while your pastor is preaching? do you meditate on the songs you sing? or do you wish to get out of church as soon as the service is over?
if you’re single, are you spending your time wisely? or are you spending 90% of your time on social networks? Are you spending time looking at filthy websites on the internet? or do you see your singleness as an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and commune with Him in prayer and in reading His Word as much as you can?Do you enjoy praying and reading His word? or do you see it as an obligation since you’re a “Christian”?
If you’re in a relationship, How do you spend your time together? do you talk more about mundane things over that which are spiritual? Do you see your relationship as a gift to have someone to encourage you to grow closer to God? or are you so engrossed to your partner that everything and everyone takes second place–even God?
The questions are endless but my point is:
Wherever you are, whatever you do, and in whatever state you are, you are either living for the Lord wholeheartedly or halfheartedly.
It is important that you realize this because God deserves the best, no, God deserves your all. You may wonder how working or being in a relationship can contribute to whether or not your living wholeheartedly for the Lord. Here’s what the Bible says in Colossians 3:16-25,
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Whatever you’re doing in public or in secret, you’re doing it as to the Lord. That makes all the difference, right? I do believe that as Christians, you know that God deserves your all (besides, He is our Creator and Redeemer), you know that as He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, He won’t accept
trash (just like He won’t accept us when we were yet sinners, for all our “good works” are as filthy rags and it is only through His Son Jesus Christ, when we put our faith in Him, that we are reconciled with God (JOHN 14:6))
Now before I end this blog, may I ask you one more time…
if you’re a student studying in front of God, will you not push harder and spend more time to review? will you not share the Gospel to your classmates knowing that every soul you lead will cause the angels in heaven rejoice? will you not live in the light of God’s Word knowing that your obedience will be blessed by God?
if you’re a professional working in front of God, will you not be grateful for MONDAYS knowing that it is the start of a week that will increase your faith and trust in God? will you not use your job as an opportunity to become a living example of Christlikeness to your co-workers knowing that you will be used by God to lead others to Him? will you not stop murmuring and complaining knowing that every word you speak will be proof of your Christianity? will you not be committed to finish your tasks in the best quality knowing that you’re doing it for God and not really for your boss?
if you’re a stay-at-home mom living at home with God, will you not be rejoicing each day knowing that God has given you another day to express His love towards your family? will you not be grateful that you have a family that you can extend the outpouring of God’s grace and love ?
if you’re at church knowing that it is the temple of God, will you enjoy every single part of the service? will you not choose to tap someone’s shoulder after service or encourage a new believer? will you not enjoy the company of fellow Christians? will you not write down everything you heard from the sermon knowing that God will use this for your personal growth? will you not give your life in serving Him in whatever way possible? will you not dress your best, appropriate and modest, in front of God?
if you’re single and you know God sees you wherever you are, will you not stop from wasting time on Facebook and start talking to God more, learning more of His attributes? will you not see your singleness as a gift that you have more time to spend with God, more time to give yourself to His service knowing that God can use a single man/woman more than someone who’s already married? will you not see your personal quiet times with God as a PRIVILEGE not an OBLIGATION? will you not stop looking at filthy images and websites on the computer knowing that this hurts God? GOD HATES SIN!
if you’re in a relationship and you know God sees you and your partner wherever you are, will you not enjoy listening to God’s Word as He directs you to make the right choices in your relationship? will you not see God as your top priority and is more important than your partner? will you not see your relationship as a gift to increase your faith and learnings from God’s Word?
See the difference?
Wherever you are, whatever you do, and in whatsoever state you are,
choose to do that which is right,
choose to do that which will please God,
choose to deliver your tasks in the best quality possible,
choose to see every opportunity to serve God,
choose to see your school, workplace, home, relationship as your mission field,
choose to live for God wholeheartedly.
Besides, whatsoever you do, you’re doing it as to the Lord.
(Writer’s endnote: This is a personal lesson for me today as I face the corporate world once again. Through the encouragement and words of wisdom of Amos, I am reminded that God has a purpose for leading me to this new work and one day I’m sure I’ll find out what it is–but till then, I will, prayerfully, choose to live for God wholeheartedly by giving my best—as to the Lord.)