Special Guest Blog from Sarah Taylor

October 23, 2009

What does it mean to be a wholehearted follower of Christ? The dictionary says that to be wholehearted is to be completely and sincerely devoted, determined and enthusiastic. The word that really struck me in that definition was enthusiastic. I have to wonder am I enthusiastic about following the Lord? I’m very devoted and very determined to live for the Lord, but I wonder if some of my earlier enthusiasm has been lost in the day to day living. Do I really put my whole heart, my whole energy, my whole person into serving the Lord or is it something that I do because I feel I should? The Psalmist asks in Psalm 51 for the Lord to “restore to me the joy of your salvation.” Some days I too feel the need for this joy to be restored. 

There are many days when I feel lots of things – I feel tired and exhausted, I feel worried and anxious, I feel that I’ll never get it all done – but I don’t always feel much joy. The Bible says that “the joy of the Lord is my strength.” So maybe the reason I don’t feel much joy is that I’m trying to do it all in my own strength. This means I’m only half heartedly following the Lord since I’m not completely relying on Him each day for help, strength, wisdom, and joy. 

Being a follower of Christ is an incredible journey. I want my journey to be filled with devotion, determination, and enthusiasm. I want to wake up each morning excited to be serving the Lord and His church. I want to have that “joy of God’s salvation” renewed each day in my life so that I live each day wholeheartedly pursuing God. It’s not easy to wholeheartedly trust, rely, and follow Christ. Yet, there’s a real joy that comes in serving God, and if I allow that joy to fill every part of my life it makes the journey so much easier and so much more fun!

Is it easy to be a wholehearted follower of Christ? No. Is it worth it? Yes. I wholeheartedly believe it!

One Response to “Special Guest Blog from Sarah Taylor”

  1. engagecornerstone said

    me too. i believe it!!!!!

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