April 10, 2017

Our Memory Verse for this Week:

Deuteronomy 6:6 (NLT) — 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.

Let me ask you a question, do you like things done halfheartedly for you? When someone is working on the brakes of your car and you know the mechanic is doing the work half heartedly do you confidently drive your car? Isn’t it great when someone makes you a sandwich halfheartedly. They toss you two slices of bread and say, “Eat.” Of course if you needed a heart transplant you would want a surgeon to do the work half heartedly, right?

At the end of your wedding ceremony you are extremely happy because your husband or wife to be said their vows half heartedly. You are the coach of a basketball team and it thrills your heart that your players always perform half heartedly. Your pastor stands up to preach and you look forward with anticipation to what he is going to say because he always preaches with much half heartedness. Your kids love coming to you with the good grades that they have received in school because they know that you will reward them with a lot of half hearted praise.

You love going the extra mile for your boss because you know that he half heartedly appreciates all the work that you do. You love watching a play where the actors put forth everything they have into half heartedness. You absolutely love it when the doctor gives you a half hearted physical exam. You are extremely calm knowing that your pilot is landing the plane half heartedly. You wish that Jesus would have gone to the cross half heartedly so that you could work to pay off the rest of the debt your sins had accrued.

Half heartedness isn’t good enough for us, is it? Then why should it be good enough for God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!