Your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands. (1 Kings 8:61)
What a challenge it is to have our hearts fully committed to the Lord. I don't know if there has ever been a time in my life when this has been true. There have been occasions when this has been 50% true or even 75%; but 100% true is another story.
Quite honestly, it's been too easy for me to get caught up in the cares and pleasures of this world. Who has time to read the bible when there is a good show on T.V.? Who has time to go to a nursing home or soup kitchen when there is a football game to be seen? Who has time to give when so much time is spent on the receiving end?
When I think about the time that I spend giving, caring, and praying for others and compare it to Christ, it sickens me. It's clear that we are two men that live for different motives: Christ's sole mission is to serve, my sole mission is to be served. I may try to sugar coat things and pat myself on the back for those occasions when I have been selfless, but who am I trying to kid - those occasions are few and between.
I yearn for a day that I spend all of my day in prayer and submission to God. Only then will the man consumed by sports and material things be replaced with a man who lives to serve and to love.