All of us are far from perfect. I still do things that I wish I did not do. But I have been determined to try and follow the Lord with all my heart and be fully committed to him.
To be ‘fully committed’ with ‘all your heart’ means 100% commitment. It means seeking to do what the Lord calls you to do. It means rooting out anything that is bad – ruthlessly tearing down the high places and getting rid of the other gods in the midst of life. I’ve struggled with this, having compartmentalized some struggles and not always wishing or wanting to do the work.
The Lord is looking for those whose ‘hearts are fully committed’ to him (2 Chronicles 16:9). The psalmist prayed, ‘Give me an undivided heart’ (Psalm 86:11). The expression ‘all your heart’ appears many times throughout the Bible. For example, you are to do the following things ‘with all your heart’:
- Love the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4–5; Matthew 22:36–38)
- Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5)
- Obey the Lord (Psalm 119:34,69; 1 Chronicles 29:19)
- Praise the Lord (Psalm 111:1; 138:1)
- Work for the Lord (Nehemiah 4:6; Colossians 3:23).
This is how to enjoy life and life in all its fullness (John 10:10). It’s a life of love, trust, gratitude, joy and meaningful work.