This morning Vincent Carpenter continued our All in All series with a message centered around 2 Corinthians 6 and the sufficiency God gives us to live a wholeheartedly. To live wholehearted means to stick with something even if it isn’t always easy. God is wholeheartedly committed to us, and He gives us the grace we need to wholeheartedly love and follow Him.
There is constantly temptation to fall into half-hearted living. Distractions and a desire to do things on our own keep us from stepping into all God has for us.
We are surrounded by distractions that pull our attention away from our relationship with God. Between our families, jobs, friendships and other responsibilities, it is easy to feel stretched and overwhelmed. When we allow our focus to be split between multiple things, we become passive. But when we put God in His rightful place as our first priority, He gives us the grace to live wholehearted in every other area of our lives.
God’s desire is to provide us with everything we need, we just have to be willing to receive from Him. When we don’t receive what God is trying to do for us, we try to do for ourselves what only God can do. Because of our insufficiency, we will ultimately fail and get burnt out. When we become tired and discouraged, we fall into half-heartedness. But when we lean on Jesus, we have the ability to shift our perspective and see adversity and challenges as something to celebrate. When God becomes central, our challenges become a place for God to be glorified through our weakness.
When we live wholeheartedly, we fully trust God to be our all in all and do what we cannot.
TAKE A LOOK AT THREE WAYS WE CAN LIVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THIS WEEK //
- Start your day with worship // Allow your heart to be realigned every morning; putting God as your sole focus. When we put God at the center, everything else falls into place.
- Eliminate distractions // Ask God if there are any distractions that are keeping you from wholehearted relationship with Him. Be proactive about those things this week – this could look like getting off social media for a week or setting your alarm an hour earlier. Ask God for a practical way to respond.
- Step into wholehearted living // Ask God if you have been half-hearted in relationship with Him or in relationships with your family, friends or co-workers. Ask God to show you how to step into wholeheartedness.
As we continue our series, be sure to follow along with our 2 Corinthians reading plan, and renew your mind with the truth every day. Download a copy of our reading plan here.