For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV)
Are you tired of half-hearted devotion? I don't know about you, but I want to see people, including myself, fully committed to the Lord. I want nothing second class in my life or in others, when it comes to devotion to Christ.
As a Sunday School teacher, I have people on a regular basis who come to me expressing a desire to grow in the Lord. They want to be Godly fathers, Godly mothers, more active church members. They want a stronger faith, a closer walk with the Lord, and a deeper commitment than ever before. That is not too much different from what I receive from readers of Mustard Seed Thoughts. It also matches the goals I have for my life.
What is interesting is that from many of those same people who express a desire for oneness with the Lord, I see a total lack of commitment. I believe many of them really want to grow in the Lord, but they either don't know how to get there, they don't know how to stay there, or they really haven't put forth the effort to make their goal a reality.
If a whole-hearted devotion to Christ is your goal, and you aren't there yet, may I ask you a question? When are you going to get there? What are you doing to make sure it happens?
You see, in the Christian life, with as much as Christ did for us on the cross, you and I still have an obligation in the growth process. Yes, we are saved through our faith, and by grace alone, but in order to really grow as a Christian, we must commit ourselves to being discipled. Growth is a process. It is a day by day, week by week, year by year event that requires our participation.
To be a "sold out" Christian requires dedication to daily Bible reading and prayer. It requires a commitment to gathering with a group of believers on a regular basis. It requires yielding our own will to God's will, sacrificing our plans for His perfect plan.
The good news is that God is looking for people to bless who will follow Him with all their heart. Will you and I be found in that group?
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