Psalm 40:6 says, “Sacrifice and offerings You did not desire.” Have you ever had to do something just because it was expected of you? You didn’t want to do it, and therefore, as you were doing it, your heart just wasn’t in it. Your attitude probably needed some adjusting.
Recently, someone asked me to help him with a project, and I did it, but in all honesty, I wasn’t that excited about it. I’m sure my attitude showed that. I was simply going through the motions.
Today’s verse comes to us from the book of Psalms, and these are the words of King David. He’s talking about how the people of his day were required to give sacrifices and offerings to God. But David was commenting on the fact that if our heart wasn’t in it, the people shouldn’t do it, and God wouldn’t be pleased with sacrifices and offerings.
It’s no different today. God doesn’t want us going through the motions of living for Him. He doesn’t want us going to church, reading our Bible, or really doing anything just because it’s what we’re supposed to do.
How about you? Are there things at work right now that you’re doing just because you have to? Maybe you’re going through the motions, or maybe you’re in a rut and you’re not giving your very best effort in your job. You may not be able to control everything at work, but you can control your attitude. So put your heart and enthusiasm into everything that you’re doing. Give it your best effort. When you do this, you will be applying your truth at work.
Been there, done that!
I often find it hard to recognize when I’m in the rut. We all know the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging you have one. I guess today’s prayer is, Lord, let me be more aware of areas where I’m not giving my best.
However, I’ve also observed even when I do recognize my problem, it is sometimes really hard to make the choice to adjust my attitude in order to give it my best. Some days all I can muster is going through the motions to do what I know I’m supposed to do. Fortunately, God’s mercies are renewed daily, so what I fail at today does not mean I will fail at it tomorrow. Thank you Lord for giving me strength some days to do it just because, strength some days to grab ahold of the right attitude, and on the other days the grace when I can’t find the strength to do either.