Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Value of Wholeheartedness

UV 1459/10,000 The Value of Wholeheartedness
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

Psalm 119 v 10

If our search for God and His truths is to be successful, we need to seek Him wholeheartedly. We cannot have one foot in one boat and the other in another boat. We will be unstable and wavering according to the pressures and pleasures that assail us. We will be tossed here and there. Instead, we should have an unwavering commitment to the Lord and diligently study His commandments and His ways. These are the very paths of life that take us from mortality to eternity, from sin to salvation, from curses to blessings, from failure to success, from sickness to health, from pain to joy. A leader or a life without God is like a ship without a captain. A leader without God’s word is like a ship without a rudder. A leader without the leading of the Holy Spirit is like a ship without a helmsman. The human heart is small yet it is big enough for God to fill it. We can fill our minds with a million things but our hearts we should keep for God alone. It is the sanctum sanctorum- the holiest place in our bodies-the temple of God. When God is in it, everything else will be in place and will work perfectly.

We need to order or command each step we take to be aligned with the paths and truths of the Lord. No sinful or wasteful habit should gain mastery over us. We should not wander or get distracted from our focus on the Lord, His work and His word. We need to give undivided attention to the Lord when we spend time at His feet in prayer or in understanding or studying the Word.

All our fountains are in the Lord. All our desires, all our thoughts are focussed on pleasing the Lord. All our efforts, all our actions, all are plans are blessed by the Lord. Like a fountain, we rise in joy. Even when we fall, we will rise again and again like a fountain. Success and failure, joy and sadness, pleasure and pain, health and sickness, loss and gain like fountains are recurring patterns in our lives but in all these changes and challenges, we remain anchored in the Lord. God uses these like a pair of sewing needles to weave His character into the very fabric and tapestry of our lives. We need to welcome both as necessary for equipping us for our eternal destiny.

Prateep V Philip

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