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WITH MY WHOLE HEART . . .

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WITH MY WHOLE HEART . . .

Lydia Brownback

WITH MY WHOLE HEART . . .

There’s a good bit of debate these days about whether Christians are called to be radical or ordinary. Whichever way you go, the Bible’s call is to wholeheartedness, which is what Jesus was getting at when the Pharisee asked him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And Jesus answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:36–38).

In Scripture wholeheartedness is specifically linked to:

  • Finding God (1 Chron. 28:9; 2 Chron. 15:15)
  • A serving mindset (1 Chron. 28:9)
  • The ability to carry out one’s calling (1 Chron. 28:9; 29:19; 2 Chron. 19:9)
  • Joyful giving (1 Chron. 29:9)
  • Obedience (Ps. 119:34, 145; 1 Chron. 29:19)
  • Rest and peace (2 Chron. 15:15)
  • Discernment (2 Chron. 19:8–10; Ps. 119:34)
  • True repentance (Jer. 3:10; 24:7; James 4:8)
  • Blessing (Ps. 119:2)
  • Overcoming temptation to wander (Ps. 119:10)
  • Faithfulness when persecuted (Ps. 119:69)
  • A thankful heart (Pss. 9:1; 86:12; 111:1; 138:1)
  • The desire to seek God (Ps. 119:10)
  • Enjoying God’s people (Ps. 111:1)
  • Overcoming idols (Ps. 138:1)

Conversely, half-heartedness is linked to:

  • Partial obedience, which is really disobedience (2 Chron. 25:2; Hos. 7:14)
  • Idolatry (2 Chron. 25:2–14)
  • Greed (James 4:1–8)
  • Covetousness (James 4:1–8
  • Instability (James 1:8)
  • Doubt (James 1:5–8)
  • Lying and flattery (Ps. 12:2)

So how do we get a “whole” heart?

  • By asking God for it (Ps. 119:145)
  • By receiving it as God’s gift (Ps. 119: Jer. 24:7)