And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9
Thank you for joining us on yet another faith-filled teaching. We are looking at a piece of advice from a dying father and a king to a young energetic boy ascending the throne of his father. A piece we have identified as the best advice ever. I am confident that by the time we are done examining the content, you will have a full grasp of why it’s the best advice ever.
We already looked at the first part of the advice which is to know the God of his father. Kindly go here if you have not seen that. Today, we move on to the second part of the advice. David encourages his son to serve God. Hmm, that’s a bit more demanding. In other words, it’s not enough to know God. It is better when you follow up your knowledge of Him with service. Your service means more to God.
When you move from knowing about God to serve Him, you deepen the level of commitment. It means that you are now available to sacrifice some of your time, energy, and even finances. Serving God means that you yield to God and sacrifice a number of things. It means expressing your love, total surrender, and appreciation to God. My esteemed reader, are you serving God at all? Don’t just have head knowledge about who God is, serve Him.
A Perfect Heart
There is something about this part of the advice that David gave. He described how to serve God and what you need to serve God. Two keywords about the kind of heart you need to serve God with. These are “perfect” and “willing” hearts. That means you need to prepare your heart and make it perfect for God without blemish. That is without worldly engagement in your thoughts and without any selfish strings to do the things you do for God. Remember to read and meditate on 2 Chron 16:9.
A Willing Heart
The second important thing about the heart is that it must be a willing heart. Don’t just serve God because you are told to do so. It’s a good point to start but it’s not good enough to remain there. If you are not willing to serve God, your service to Him may not be worth much. This is something that you cannot fake because God in His infinite and divine wisdom will know. Remember he searches all hearts (Jeremiah 17:10)
Work To Do
Now, it’s time to check your heart. Do a sincere heart check for why you serve God. If it is about you, you may need to retrace your steps. If you are not serving God with the whole of your heart and with a willing heart, it is wise to take David’s advice. God is still searching for people with perfect and willing hearts. Make yourself available. The mouth can not completely tell what God can do with one man serving Him with a perfect and willing heart. Be that man!