Sunday, November 13, 2016
One Hundred Per Cent Commitment
UV 2121/10000 One Hundred Per Cent Commitment
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29 v 13
This uni-verse is a remarkable promise that if we seek the Lord with all our heart, we shall surely find Him. We seek Him with all our heart when we acknowledge Him in everything we do. We seek Him with all our heart when we value His word, study it diligently, meditate on it and persistently obey His precepts and laws of life. We seek Him with all our souls when we apply our minds to understanding the inner and hidden meaning of the word of God. The word influences our thoughts, emotions, decisions and actions. In other words, the Lord controls our heads, hearts and hands. The choice we have is 100 per cent or nil. The Lord will accept nothing less than hundred per cent commitment of our hearts. The tiny seed of faith can only grow into a mighty tree inside such a heart. It can be fruitful only inside such a heart.
We cannot accidentally or fortuitously chance upon the Lord. It requires intentional seeking. It requires seeking with an all out commitment. We are ready to use all of our time, all of our energy, all of our resources, all of our faculties to find the Lord. When the Lord sees this kind of total commitment of our hearts, He choses to reveal Himself. Like He revealed Himself to Elijah, He does not reveal Himself with mighty manifestations of His power but in gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit. He will reveal His thoughts towards us, thoughts of peace, love and mercy.
Our quest for the Lord needs to be persistent and passionate. Whenever Jesus saw zeal in reaching Him for a particular need like the woman who needed healing and pressed forward through the crowd to touch the hem of His cloak, or when He saw enthusiasm in someone trying to see and listen to Him as in the case of Zaccheus or the extent of faith He saw in the centurion who sought healing for his servant, Jesus revealed His own heart to such persons. The reason the Lord wants a total commitment of our hearts is that He Himself has reserved nothing in His own heart towards humans but poured out His own heart in full for the restoration of man. Faith requires reciprocation in like manner as the love the Father has revealed unto us.
Prateep V Philip