1 Chronicles 28:9 (KJV) And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

It was the holidays and Ben and his siblings were at home. Ben was so excited about the break because he planned to have lots of fun with his video game. However, his father had other plans. He had noticed Ben’s proclivity towards excessive play and therefore planned out several chores and tasks for him to complete daily for the holidays. He planned it in such a way that there would still be enough time for Ben to play.

Ben was furious, he didn’t want anything to do with the tasks and chores as he felt holidays were for having fun and nothing else. But his father warned him sternly, informing him that he would be grounded from playing video games (among other punishments) should he refuse to carry out the daily tasks. So, every day Ben would grudgingly carry out the task, but because his heart was not in it, he would do them poorly, and more importantly, he failed to learn anything from the experience as he treated it as though it were a prison sentence.

We have all been Ben at one time or the other. A perfect heart goes beyond just doing things, it examines our disposition to doing them. The New English Translation in rendering the text above uses the phrase ‘a submissive attitude and a willing spirit’. When we carry out our tasks grudgingly or without any commitment of heart to it, we are not doing it with a perfect heart.

Note that service to God must be with a perfect heart. Willingness is one manifestation of a perfect heart. 1 Chron 29:9 says, ‘Then the people rejoiced, for they offered willingly because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord: and David also rejoiced with great joy’. A perfect heart is also a heart devoid of offense. It is a pre-requisite for serving God acceptably. Bible spoke of King Amaziah saying, ‘And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart’ (2 Chron 25:2).

Go into today remembering that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro the whole earth seeking to show himself strong on the behalf of those whose heart is perfect towards him (2 Chron 16:9a).

Prayer: Lord, help me serve you with a perfect heart and know you more. Amen.
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