God Wants Your Heart

16 Jun

It’s been a long while since my last post. If you look just below, the last post was on May 2nd, and we are now June 16th. In that one month, many things have happened and God has, in His own mysterious unique fashion, revealed a fragment of His glorious self.

I’ll try to show what He has shown me in the next few posts, starting with this one.

There’s a story in the Old Testament of a man named Amaziah. Amaziah became king at twenty-five years old after his father Joash died. His story starts out in 2 Chronicles 25.

2 Chronicles 25:1-2, “Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, yet not with a whole heart.

Stop right there. Let those last words prey on you, haunt you, impact you, seek your teeth well into that last phrase, “yet not with a whole heart.” He was king and he did what was right, but his heart was somewhere else. To do something without a whole heart means the heart wants to do something else. To follow God without a whole heart is an insult to His majestic name. Remember that.

If we continue reading, we read that Amaziah was preparing for battle. He called 100,000 men from Ephraim to help him out, but a man of God told him not to fight with them. So Amaziah sent those 100,000 men back to their city and they were all angry with him. Amaziah the king then went down to Seir and fought with his own men and won the battle. Meanwhile, the men who he sent back raided Judah, Amaziah’s kingdom.

Colossians 3:23

Colossians 3:23

This all leads up to one catastrophic error by Amaziah, we read it in verses 14-16.

2 Chronicles 25:14-16, “After Amaziah came from striking down the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir and set them up as his gods and worshiped them, making offerings to them. Therefore the LORD was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of a people who did not deliver their own people from your hand?” But as he was speaking, the king said to him, “Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” So the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

Amaziah, known as a king who did right in the eyes of the Lord, took idols of a foreign city and worshiped them. He ignored the fact that God gave Seir into his hands. He did what he wanted to do in that moment, he cast everything spiritual and godly aside and worshiped idols.

Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men[…]”

Remember Amaziah’s flaw? He didn’t do what God wanted him to do with all his heart.

Don’t you notice that when you don’t pray as much or read God’s word as much, you lose sight of what’s important in the eternal? You start thinking about the present, the moment, you desire whatever will make you happy right then and there. That’s what happened to Amaziah. He didn’t serve God with all his heart, and because of that he fell into his own momentary indulgence.

God doesn’t want your thoughts, God doesn’t want your intentions, God doesn’t want your words, God doesn’t even want your actions. All that is useless to Him unless you give Him something more.

God wants your heart. He wants you to serve him with a full heart, meaning you love to serve Him and you’d rather do nothing else. Our utmost joy must come from serving Him. When that happens, He is happy with us and He is glorified.

Are you like Amaziah? Are you just going through the motions, not caring about how much of your heart is actually devoted to God? Are you thinking that your thoughts and intentions are enough? God wants your heart and He wants you to follow Him whole-heartedly. He won’t settle for half. He loves you and He deserves more than that.

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One Response to “God Wants Your Heart”

  1. joyinthevalley June 16, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Great post! I will go read the whole account this morning.

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