Wholehearted or hole-hearted

By Robert Morton Contributing Writer

June 8, 2014

Have you ever wanted something so badly you just couldn’t stand it?

When I was in high school I was learning to play guitar. My brother-in-law was teaching me and I decided I wanted an electric guitar. Not just any electric, though. I wanted one made by Gibson; they make the best by far.

They are expensive and I didn’t have the money. My sister gave me the opportunity to earn the money for one that summer working in a cheese factory. I grew up in Wisconsin. You cannot believe how hot a cheese factory gets in July in Wisconsin. 90 degree heat outside, 105 inside the factory; it was miserable. I did it because I wanted that guitar.

It was worth it, though because by the end of the summer I bought that Gibson guitar, which I still own. It was wonderful.

I sought that guitar and worked for it wholeheartedly. That’s the attitude we need to have when we’re pursuing our relationship with God, a wholehearted desire to know him and a wholehearted effort to find him.

In Jeremiah 29:12-14 God promises his people that they will find Him when they seek him wholeheartedly. God wants followers who will seek him and love him with all of their hearts. He desires followers who have the same depth of love for him as He has for them. God gave everything for us, including His own son. That’s the kind of love He has for us. It’s all consuming, total, complete love. God wants followers who have that same type of devotion for Him in return.

We need that love. When we are not wholeheartedly devoted to God something is missing in life. We were created to love God and when we are not devoted to Him life is just not complete. It’s as if we have a hole in our heart where God is supposed to be; we are hole-hearted. We try to fill that hole with things that don’t satisfy; money, power, lust, relationships that don’t last, even doing good things for people. Without that devotion and love, however, those things leave us lacking.

We need to be devoted to God.

To accomplish this God tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 to seek Him. We are to pursue Him with all of our being just like He pursues us. Jesus echoed these words in Matthew 6:33 where He tells us to “seek the Kingdom of God” (NLT) so that we can find Him. This seeking is not a one-time thing but a lifelong pursuit. Developing a relationship with God takes constant effort and complete devotion.

Sunday worship is not enough to find God. Seeking is an everyday dedication of ourselves to expressing love and gratitude to God.

Is life not complete for you? Do you feel like there should be more? God invites you to find satisfaction in a wholehearted love affair with Him. If you are hole-hearted, try seeking God wholeheartedly. The result will be an unexpected peace you will not be able to find anywhere else in this world.