Wholly Devoted?

In I Kings 8:61 Solomon challenged the people of Israel: “Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as this day.” Solomon’s admonition to them was to be “WHOLLY” devoted to YHWH. This is significant.

The problem that many of them had was not that they were not at least “somewhat” devoted to God; it was that they were partially devoted to Him, and partially devoted to other gods, or to their own ways.

This is the same problem that many of us have today. It is not that we do not have SOME degree of devotion to God, but that we are half-hearted in our commitment to Him. We DO love Him some, but we are not WHOLLY devoted to Him. We serve Him some of the time, and ourselves some of the time. Our challenge, like that of Solomon to Israel, is to put away this “half-hearted” service, and to be “WHOLLY” devoted to God.

And what would be the sign of this? We see it in the last part of the verse: “to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments.” OBEDIENCE is the sign of total commitment. You cannot say that you are fully devoted to Him if you are not obeying His word! Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Thus it is not enough to claim that you somehow “love God with all your heart” if you aren’t doing what He says in some area of your life. If you are “wholly devoted”, then you will show it in the way you live.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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