Paul, in his desire to visit the Romans, penned these words…
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.” Romans 1:8-10
What does serving God with a whole heart, living our faith out loud, involve? Dying to self daily, and making our faith walk and talk.
“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Galatians 5:16
Living in the flesh, or sinful nature, is something I did for years before I began living life by the Spirit. My earthly/fleshly body is about 16 years older than the new creation I became when I became saved. Living in the flesh has far more experience on me than living in the Spirit does.
Life by the Spirit is something I am maturing into. It’s a growing process that I’m learning to live. A number of years after I came to a saving knowledge of Christ, I lived an on-again off-again relationship with Him. It is only in recent years that I have had the true desire, the true calling, to serve my Savior faithfully and wholeheartedly.
I finally realized that I was called into this life of having my heart beat to serve my Savior daily.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:16
God chooses us and appoints us to live lives worthy of Him, and He calls us to bear fruit. He chooses people who have a will to serve Him, who have a vision to serve Him, and one who is filled with His Holy Spirit, in other words, those who will serve Him wholeheartedly, for when we serve Him wholeheartedly, we live the faith He desires us to live out in our daily lives.
So what about this business of serving Him wholeheartedly, of living our faith out loud? What does serving God with a whole heart involve? And how do I serve with my whole heart?
For me, it begins with a life of PRAYER.
Prayer – do I pray about what I am to do for Him, what He wants me to do? “But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.” – Psalm 88:13
Respect – do I have a proper respect for God, admitting His holiness and sovereignty in my life? “O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. – Isaiah 37:16
Able – do I believe that I can do all the things He calls me to do for Him? “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
Yes – am I always willing to say, “Yes,” to God and “No,” to self? “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” – Luke 9:25
Equip – am I equipped to serve Him? Have I spent time in His Word, learning all I can about servitude? “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” – Psalm 119:105
Reliance – do I rely on Him or on others as I serve Him? “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” – Joshua 24:15
What other verses come to mind for you as you think of each of the truths for this acrostic?
Do you serve God wholeheartedly? Are you ready to make that commitment if you’re not?
It is my desire that I serve Him wholeheartedly, and that I begin to do it afresh today.
About Laurie Ann: “I love my family, my friends, and sweet tea. I married my best friend 17 years ago and fall in love with him again each day. The nest is empty but fills up again and again with frequent visits from my bonus daughter, son-in-law and our grandsons. My heart beats to serve my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My blog is A Magnolia’s Heart Beats at www.magnoliaheartbeats.blogspot.com