Is Saturday your home cleaning day? It was at our house. There was one Saturday clean-up day that I have never forgotten. I was about ten years old and would’ve much rather been out playing in the woods. So, I hastily picked up my toys, took my dirty clothes to the laundry, and made my bed.
My dad wasn’t a drill sergeant, but when he came to check my room my bed did not pass inspection. He wanted the wrinkles straightened out so it looked nice and smooth. He said, “Jeff, we don’t want any half-baked jobs.” To this day, that statement echoes in my mind.
Whatever task I’m doing, big or small, it seems I’ll eventually think: don’t do this half-baked. I assume that in the kitchen, if you pulled a pie or something out of the oven that was only half-baked, you certainly wouldn’t serve it to your guests. You’d put it back in until it was done. Dad was teaching me to be careful, not careless in every endeavor I undertake.
The Bible gives a similar charge when it comes to our relationship with God. Our worship and prayer should not be half-baked, or perhaps I should say not half-hearted. Consider Jeremiah 29:13— “You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” Seeking God with all my heart means spending time in prayer and meditation without distractions. “All your heart” means just that—not in a casual way where we’re also checking our phones or watching TV.
God deserves our full attention. And He is so glorious that if we seek Him, we will want to seek Him more. It’s like seeing a brilliant rainbow you can’t take your eyes off. May we make time soon to seek the Lord wholeheartedly.
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