Summary: God requires that all who follow Him, follow Him completely with all that they are and have.
What is interesting about Solomon is that even though God blessed him immensely, he did not remain faithful and committed to God. Solomon loved women and so he married many of them, 700 to be exact plus 300 concubines. But God warned Solomon about these foreign wives that he had. God said in:
1 Kings 11:2 – “ You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.”
But Solomon refused to listen to God and did his own thing and married these foreign women. And, as usual, God was right.
1 Kings 11:4 says, “As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.”
1 Kings 11:6 says, “So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”
As I read these verses and the story of Solomon’s life I am reminded that we, as followers of Christ, need to be fully devoted to God. If we want to do what is right and live life to its fullest and make it work right, we must be fully committed followers of Christ. We need to be people who accept God’s leadership of our lives and be willing to let Him lead.
You have heard me say it before and you will probably hear me say it again, “To be committed to God 99% is 1% too short.” God hasn’t called us to be partially committed to Him; He has called us to be fully committed to Him. God isn’t interested in something called our spiritual lives; He’s just interested in our lives.
Colossians 3:1-2 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things, for you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
God desires for us to be fully committed to Him and follow His leading in our lives. God requires complete and total commitment to Him.
Last week we briefly touched on the subject of passion. We learned if we are going to be effective world changers for God then we need to develop a passion for God. Developing a passion for God is part of what makes someone a fully committed follower of Christ and fully committed to God.
We need to be passionate about God & desire nothing more than to know Him more intimately
We must realize that as followers of Jesus Christ, that Christ is the only reason for living.
That may be a hard pill for many of us to swallow. We tend to think that there are many reasons to live. We have our families, our enjoyment, our contributions to society and our communities, but if we boil it all down to one central reason that we as followers of Christ have for living it is simply to please God and do his work.
God has given to each of us a family and loved ones and enjoyment and excitement in life; He has allowed us to make contributions to society and our communities, but the reality is that God has given these things to us so that among them and with them and through them we can do His work. So as a Christian, God is our reason for living.