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Half Hearted (1 Chronicles 13:8)

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Half hearted. Have you ever faced life that way? If not, you most definitely have met or worked with individuals that have. Their demeanor grates against your zeal and struggles to pull you down to their level of complacency. Half heartedness results from being motivated for something else other than the task at hand. Before we become too judgmental, we must recognize that we all have this tendency. What is your work progress like on Friday afternoon just before your two week vacation? How about just before the Christmas holidays? If you are like most, your work rate drops drastically because your mind and heart are focused elsewhere.

However there are other times when we have a great zeal for what we are doing and we do work tasks with diligence. On these occasions, our focus is either on the work, the goal of the work, or a person for whom the work is to be completed. Expressions such as “he’s doing it with all his might” or “he’s putting his heart into it” are used to describe such diligence.

When we are diligent for God, it pleases him. David, a man after God’s own heart, had such a characteristic. Although a tragedy soon followed after this passage, it does not negate the fact that David served God with all of his heart.

And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. (1 Chronicles 13:8)

God wants us to serve him with all of our might. This service is not limited to actions in the church or for ministry. God wants us to serve him in everything that we do. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31). Whatever the task, God wants us to put our hearts into it. He wants us to do all of our work as unto him. Will it still be difficult to work just before that vacation? Of course it will, but we should battle to achieve our best for God who gives us nothing less than what is best for us.

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