If Marsha and I ask the kids to sweep the kitchen floor, but they only sweep half, will we be satisfied with their effort? Of course not. From an early age, we try to teach our children the importance of hard work and discipline. Do your best, right?
No “half-bottom” jobs, as I like to say. Growing up, I often heard coaches and others call it “half-something else” jobs or efforts, but I am trying to be clean and appropriate with my kids, while still getting the point across that we need to work hard. We need to give our all. We need to be committed. Do not go through the motions. Be all in!
Are you ever satisfied when you pay for something, need something, request something, etc., and you get an effortless performance or poor product in return? Rarely, if ever. Yet, are you ever content to give your half-best or leftovers to God in service and in worship? Are you satisfied with a half-hearted effort of going through the motions? May we never be!
On Sunday morning, Lord willing, I will be preaching through Malachi 3:7-12 on the call and responsibility to give “The Full Ten Percent.” Of course, this applies primarily to our obedience in stewardship, but the commands and principles that are clear throughout Scripture call us to obey God’s Word fully in every area of our lives. Not partial obedience but complete obedience. No half-bottom jobs in life, and no half-bottom jobs in service to the Lord. And, really, everything we do is to be done in service to the Lord. So, no half-bottom jobs. Period.
Are there areas in your life where you are tempted to go through the motions? Are there commands in the Bible that you are compelled and convinced to obey only when comfortable and/or convenient? If so, regret (at best) and devastation (at worst) will come. Do not settle for less than God has in store for you (spiritual fruit and fulfillment) by giving less than God has called you to (faith and obedience).
Have you given your heart to the Lord? If so, make sure He has your whole heart in all things. If not, will you turn to Him today?