“Do the will of God with all your heart.”
Ephesians 6:6 (NLT)
You can do something half-heartedly, or you can really give yourself to it. You can do it out of sheer obedience or because of a loving heart. Paul was asking the church members to do God’s will, but not just do it, do it with all their heart. In his book, “Knowing God’s Will” David Benner writes, “Only love was capable of empowering Jesus to choose God’s will over his own when faced with the agony of death. – Spiritual disciplines that emerge simply as acts of the will are likely to be self-serving and legalistic. What God desires is external actions that spring from inner longings for relationship and intimacy, for this is His desire for us. This was what the Father found in the heart of Jesus. And it is the motive for spiritual willing that we can find in our life in Jesus as we follow Him and live in His Spirit.” Today, ask God to birth in you a fresh desire to follow Him, a deep love and intimacy with Him that directs the way you live. Today, “do the will of God with all your heart.”
Father, help me know You more and more so that I develop a deeper love for You. Then help all my actions come from the love that you birth in my heart.
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