“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever."
I see here some wisdom for the coming year;
1. Know Him - there is no shortcut to knowing God. To know Him requires spending time with Him. Spend time with someone, anyone, and you will get to know them. If you don't spend time with them, you can't know them. You can read books about them, articles, talk to others about that person, but unless you yourself sit down and spend time with that person, you will not KNOW them. So it is with God.
2. Serve Him - we are told simply and plainly here to serve God. How do we serve Him? I think the greatest way to serve God is to simply be the hands & feet of Christ, and the hands & feet to Christ. As we spend time with both insiders and outsiders, (believers and non-believers), we should take the place of service. In addition, remember the lesson from the sheep and the goats; as we serve the "least of these" we are serving Christ Himself.
2b. With a loyal heart and a willing mind - it is no enough to just know Him and serve Him - he wants our all, our full devotion. Question; am I loyal to God? Harder question; Am I loyal to God first, in everything? How about your mind; when God whispers for you to do something, to listen, to walk across the street, to hold a door, to be humble, to give - whatever He asks you to do and whenever - do you do it? Is your mind willing?
3. Seek Him: Here's the deal...He sees it all anyways. He knows and searches our heart and the intent of all our thoughts...I know, scary.
The kicker: A conditional promise...IF you seek Him, whole-heartedly, you'll FIND Him. If you don't seek Him, you won't find Him. It's that simple.
So join me in making 2009 a year that we strive to Know Him, Serve Him, and Seek Him wholeheartedly.