“And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9

God doesn’t want just part of you. He wants all of you, and believe you me, He knows when you’re giving less than everything.

Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived, gifted with supernatural insight from God Himself. When his father, David, was giving him the charge to build the temple, he also gave him some additional advice: Worship God with your whole heart. Not part of it, not just a smidge – the whole thing. And lest he (or we) forget that God is omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipresent (always around), David reminded Solomon that God sees every heart, and knows all of our thoughts. There’s no hiding our motives from Him!

Surely you know someone (or have yourself) who has tried to go after God in a half-hearted attempt. I say “attempt” because, as my daughter says, it never ends well. Serving God isn’t something we can do part time, when we feel like it, when we need something, or when we have nothing better to do. Serving God is a full-time, all-in, no-holds-barred proposition. There’s a reason the word “surrender” is used when describing turning our lives over to Him. It’s all or nothing.

Today, let’s give Him everything. Let’s try shutting out the distractions and concerns that try to crowd in, and focus on God alone. Let’s resolve that we are in it to win it, all in, no holding back, and serious about our service.

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