'Wholeheartedness' is all about sincerity and commitment. We could describe Abraham that way, to a T. He was so God-fearing and committed that he was willing to sacrifice his only son (have a read of Genesis 22:1-19 for a reminder). That's sincere faith, right there. And when we look at how God responded to this kind of faith it's a good reminder of how we should be willing to live. In Genesis 22:17 NLT God says, through an angel, that He will '...certainly bless' Abraham. Verse 18 goes on: God says '...through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed - all because you have obeyed me.'
Wow. When we're willing to go the extra mile for God, He certainly notices. When we learn to live out our faith with heart, He blesses whatever we're doing for Him. Now that doesn't mean that playing in the worship group has a direct correlation to the dollars in our bank balance. But it does mean that, when we give it absolutely everything we've got, living with a generous heart, we'll begin to see God at work and we'll learn to recognise His blessings.
So what now? Have a wardrobe clearout. But, among the too-small t-shirts and last year's jeans, give away something that you like and wear. If Abraham could prepare to sacrifice his son, you can sacrifice that jumper. Give the clothes to someone who might be struggling to get new ones or, if you don't know anyone who is, take them to a charity shop.
Soulfood : Josh 1-4, Mark 10:1-12, Ps 103:1-12, Prov 22:27-29