2 Chronicles 25:2 “He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart.”
YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN
Have you ever seen a ball team that played half-hearted? You could just tell they were not into the game. They didn’t execute plays well. They stopped before the whistle blew. They walked when they should have been running. Amaziah is described this way. He was half-hearted.
God expects us to be all in, not half-hearted. When our heart is divided we cannot receive all He wants to do through us. Amaziah did a lot of good things, but he also did not rely fully on the Lord, thus ending his reign as king of Judah.
Your children may suffer from this “ailment” from time to time. They may half-heartedly do a chore, which means they have to do it again. They may half-heartedly study for an exam, which may result in doing poorly. As parents, our job involves preparing them for life. We have to teach them to give everything they have to the tasks they have.
Whether they are playing a sport or studying, our children need to learn to give it their all. Doing something half way almost always ends in disappointment. This applies to their walk with Christ as well. They can’t have one foot in Christ and one foot in the world.
Do you struggle with divided loyalties? I have to admit there are times when I don’t give my all. I get lazy. But thank God His Holy Spirit convicts me of that. I know my half-heartedness is not pleasing to Him. I have to confess that as sin and move ahead fully devoted. How about you?