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April 29, 1996

An Undivided Heart

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Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. PSALM 86:11
One of the things that God wants most from His children is wholehearted love and devotion. Throughout Scripture (Jeremiah 32:39; James 4:8), it’s clear that He places a premium on an undivided heart.
So what exactly is an undivided heart? Several years ago, a popular gospel tract entitled “My Heart, Christ’s Home” compared a person’s life to the rooms of a house. It’s an analogy that works well here. When we have divided hearts, we give God one or two rooms of our lives, but we keep the other ones closed off to Him. From a business standpoint, having a divided heart would be like pledging full loyalty to your current employer while you were negotiating a relationship with your company’s closest competitor.
When we have undivided hearts, however, we give Him the keys to all the rooms. It doesn’t mean we’re sinless; it just means that we’re not trying to hide anything from Him. We’re laying our whole household of thoughts and feelings on the table: all our fears, thoughts, concerns, agendas, and ambitions. And as He reveals areas of our lives that need work, we willingly uncover them and do what we can to put them in order.
Only a man or woman who is working hard to live a holistic, integrated life can ever hope to pledge a wholehearted, single-focused devotion to Jesus. Why is that? As long as we split up our lives, closing off work in one room, church in another room, our finances in another room, and our family in still another, our focus will always be divided. We can’t concentrate on one thing first and another thing later. We must bring all our worlds together and realize that it’s just as possible for God to be in the middle of our mundane, Tuesday afternoon work world as it is for Him to be involved in our family lives or church activities.
Examine the rooms of your life. Do you need to pray and ask God to give you an undivided heart?

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