Have you ever felt God calling you to do something, but you never do it?
Have you ever told anyone that God is calling you to do something, but you don’t do it?
Have you ever heard of Halfway Herbert by Francis Chan?
If the answer to the first two questions is “yes,” then you have a serious problem. If your answer to the last question is “no,” that’s fine. That story is going to be an example for this article, so forgive me for spoiling.
Personally, my answer to all these questions are “yes,” which is a serious problem for me, except when it comes to the last one. I have been living this way for a while and I never noticed it until the night of May 2.
I went to bed early because I was very tired, but my dad came in and talked to me about how I was doing. When I mentioned things that I didn’t feel like completing, he told me to take caution. He said that anything involving God’s calling is very serious. He also said that if we don’t follow God’s calling, we are disobeying him.
After that conversation, I nearly cried myself to sleep. I realized I had made a big mess in my life and spat in God’s face by doing so. I prayed hard and asked for forgiveness. That night, I learned true surrender to Christ: following Him wholeheartedly.
Now to tell the story of Halfway Herbert. He was a boy that did everything halfway, from eating half of his lunch to brushing half of his teeth to tying one shoe. It was crazy. One day, he decided to ride his bike down a hill, not tying one of his shoes. As he rode down the hill, his shoelace got caught in the wheel and he crashed into his father’s car, denting it. His father saw the dent, he asked Herbert if he did it. Herbert told a half-truth. He got away with it, at least until their neighbor called Herbert’s dad to see if Herbert was okay, thus revealing that Herbert lied. His dad explains that living halfway is very unhealthy and sinful. That’s when Herbert’s life changed. He decided to live his life whole.
Wonderful story, right? Well, that wasn’t the full story, so if you want to read the full story (if you never have), look it up.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NASB) says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
Meaning? Love the LORD wholeheartedly in everything you do!
We may not be perfect, but we can still live a life of loving and following the LORD to the fullest.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
What about you? Will you following the LORD wholeheartedly?
That’s for you to decide.