What’s important to God? Is it the clothes you wear or the house you live in? Is it your social status or the church you attend? No, what matters to God is your heart. Is your heart a place that God owns and dwells in or is there only room for you?
This morning I was directed to read 1 Kings 5 and 6, all about Solomon and the building of the temple. I never get tired of reading of how God gave him wisdom in negotiating the timber, preparing the stone work and how Gods favor rested on him. Then right in the middle of it, God speaks to Solomon and this is what He says;
“About this Temple you are building—what’s important is that you live the way I’ve set out for you and do what I tell you, following my instructions carefully and obediently. Then I’ll complete in you the promise I made to David your father. I’ll personally take up my residence among the Israelites—I won’t desert my people Israel.”
What’s important to God is the way you live your life. Jesus said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, not part of it. He than said, love your neighbor as yourself. That kind of takes ‘self’ out of the equation, doesn’t it. If we love the Lord with ALL our heart, we live for HIS pleasure and not our own.
I’ve heard so many people say it is too great of a sacrifice to give up everything they have. It’s not what they have that’s the problem, it’s that what they have, has them. You can have nice things, nice houses, good stuff, but the moment that stuff is too hard to give up, if you can’t walk away from it for the sake of the Kingdom, you’re being held captive and your heart has shifted to ‘things’ instead of God.
We must remember that this world must never be more of a draw than the Spirit of God. Our treasure is in Him. Our hope is in Him. Our strength is in Him. We are remnant. A people, set apart for Him, for His service. No going back to the way things used to be. We have a greater purpose and it’s His. So in the midst of the pressures of life today, remind yourself that you belong to God and your life will reflect His love and service.