The beginning of school always seems to create a sense in our spirits of a new beginning, much like the beginning of a new calendar year or a new job. In these times, most people start new undertakings with such enthusiasm and devotion. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm and devotion often fades quickly.
This not only happens in school and on the job but also happens many times in our Christian walk. The circumstances and busyness of life can get in the way of our relationship with God. Too often we can find ourselves in a place where our devotion and enthusiasm about our Christian life wanes.
This problem became a reality in the life of one of the wisest men to ever live. The Bible tells us in 1 Kings 11:4,6 that “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. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord; he did not follow the Lord completely, as David his father had done.”
Solomon lost his devotion to God as he grew older because he had allowed the things of this world to turn his heart. One of the greatest fears of my life is that I would allow myself to not be fully devoted to God. In fact, I desperately want to finish my life strong for God. To do so, I know that I must take actions and make decisions to guard against what happened to Solomon.
As I pondered this over the last few weeks, I developed two questions that I knew I needed to ask myself regularly so that I know if I am “fully devoted” to God. The questions I wrote for myself are as follows:
1. What am I counting on to keep me faithful?
2. Are there things I need to let go of because they’re pulling me away from God?
The answer to the first question is for me to understand that God does not expect me to be perfect, but He does want me to continually seek Him. My desire is to be passionate in pursuing my relationship with Him on a daily basis.
The answer to the second question requires me to daily ask God as Psalms 139 declares to “Search me, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts. And see if there be any wicked way in me.” I am convinced that as I do this that God will reveal those things that I need to get out of my life. I pray that God will use the truth of these verses above to speak to each of you in this area of being fully devoted to Him.
Finally, I look forward with great excitement this week as school begins! I want to welcome all of our new families to Metrolina this year. I have enjoyed getting to meet many of you already.
Our fall athletic teams begin play quickly and I so enjoy the fellowship of our Metrolina families! I love being a Warrior!