Especially for Children – By Sis. Jessica Willoby
“I’ll put my whole heart in His service and do all He asketh of me.”1 A familiar song we sing often, isn’t, children? But, when we are talking about our whole heart, what do we mean?
Picture with me a cake… maybe a tall birthday cake with lots of frosting and even sprinkles. Before anyone takes a piece, the cake is whole. All of it is there, not a crumb out of place, and no fingerprints in the icing.
This is what God desires to have from each of us – putting our whole selves into serving God, not holding back a little crumb or distracted by a swipe of this thing or that, and not too busy with our fun and activities. When we are putting our whole heart into something, we take our time with it, we put all of our energy into it and do our very best work.
Let’s look at some areas where the Bible talks about our whole heart:
Psalm 119:10, “With my whole heart have I sought thee…” We need to put our whole heart into our daily devotions! Even as adults, we have to work on not being distracted, so get in the habit of seeking God in your devotion time with your whole heart now.
Psalm 9:1, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart…” Psalm 111:10, “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.” Even as children, you have a duty and a right to put your whole heart into worshiping God during every service.
Mark 12:30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
All… not a crumb, swipe or sliver missing. When we are saved and sanctified, we give God our all, knowing that He will help us to serve Him with our whole heart.
- Naylor, C., Byers, A. (1925) Wholehearted Service