You Can’t Halfheartedly Serve God
“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
Devotion is the word we use to describe a short Bible study and discussion, like the one we’re having now. But the word devotion also refers to the attitude that drives us to seek God.
To be devoted means to be dedicated. And in this verse, David is telling his son Solomon to wholeheartedly dedicate himself to God. King David knew that you can’t halfheartedly serve God.
And when we do serve God with wholehearted devotion, God will reward us. When we make him the focus of our lives, he will bless us. That’s his promise. The more devoted we become, the more he blesses us.
To devote your life to God means that you live completely for him. It means that you live your life to please and honor him. You seek him, worship him and love him—with your whole heart.
Dear God, you are the only one who deserves our wholehearted devotion. Help us clear the obstacles in our lives that keep us from being wholeheartedly devoted to you. Amen.