Serve God Wholeheartedly

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. Matthew 6:24 AMP

A few weeks ago my son decided to get takeout and asked me what I would like to have. I thought for a minute but couldn’t identify what I wanted so I said, “I don’t know.”  He said. ‘I’m going to order something for you but you need to tell me what you want.” My response was the same, “I don’t know. He looked at me as if to say that I don’t know is not an item on the menu. Then he suggested something and I smiled. I said, ‘Yes, I’ll take that!”

Those conversations can be frustrating. I know I find it frustrating when I’m trying to get a response and all I get is the, “I don’t know.” Indecision in anything is not a good thing. But indecision in the service of the Lord is not what God desires from us. Yet, in many ways, that is the kind of service we give to God. We allow so many things to take our focus and give God the leftovers from our hearts and minds. In 2 Kings 17, foreigners settled in Israel and they wanted to fit in. Verse 41 says, “So while these new residents worshiped the Lord, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.” They appeared to serve the Lord but their hearts were not in it.

We are guilty of the same thing today. It appears that we are serving God but our hearts are not in it. We are serving God halfheartedly; Peter demonstrated what halfhearted service looks like when Jesus went before the high priest after he was arrested. Matthew 26:58 says, “Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.”

Would you want the people in your life to interact with you halfheartedly? Probably not, but as people of faith, we need to do better. David said, “Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.” Psalm 100:2 NLT. Let us remove the things that we have placed before God in our lives and worship the Lord with gladness.

Thought for Today: Friend, serve God with all of your heart.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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