A Willing Heart

Serve God with your whole heart

Today's Scripture: John 21:15-17

As humans, when people do certain things, we are quick to judge and determine if they did it wholeheartedly or not. We want to know if their willingness to do anything for us is there, because this simply makes everything better whether or not the goal is achieved at the end of the day. In today’s scripture, Jesus said to Peter, “Lovest thou me more than these?” I can imagine Jesus thinking: I need to know where you stand and what your heart says before I commit anything to you. Does that tell you something? God wants to know if we are willing to do whatever it is he asks us to do, or whatever we claim to do for him, from the bottom of our hearts. A willing heart, for the believer, is the acid test for a genuine relationship with God. 

I like Peter’s “frustrated” response after answering the same question over and again. He says, “Lord, you know all things and you know that I love you.” What I understand by this is that Jesus knows all things including the times when we complain, grudge, or murmur in the place of service. 

He definitely does not want that. He wants us to choose him cheerfully and willingly. We have free will for a reason. But when we finally surrender ourselves to serve God in all our capacities with a willing heart, then we do what’s best for us and the world around us. 

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