The Bible warns against being a lukewarm Christian. Not being hot or not being cold deceives the mind into thinking all is well. In between is not good. To just go through the motions of Christianity without wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ is dangerous; trying to live up to religious expectations does not make a true disciple either. What’s vital here is giving God our “all.” Remember, life is not divided into secular or sacred. God wants all of me. All of you. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ.
Read Mark 12:30
1. How are we commanded to love the Lord?
Read Deuteronomy 30:1-3
2. What else are we to do wholeheartedly in verse 2?
Read Ephesians 6:7-8
3. What does it mean to serve wholeheartedly?
Read Joshua 22:5
4. List the commands Moses gave to the people.
Read I Kings 11:1-6
5. What happened when King Solomon’s heart was not fully devoted to the Lord?
We’ve learned it’s important to obey God with all of our heart. King Solomon was the wisest king that ever lived, but he disobeyed God. We read in I Kings 11 that he ignored God’s command regarding intermarriage. Solomon married 700 foreign wives. He also had 300 concubines. God had given this command because He knew foreign wives would lead his people astray. Solomon’s wives actually turned his heart to worship false gods. Scripture says Solomon did evil in the eyes of the Lord because he did not follow Him completely. I believe this is a warning for us. Don’t be lukewarm. Don’t be halfhearted. Don’t divide life up into the secular or sacred. Don’t make up your own rules. Love, walk, obey, hold fast and serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Stop right now to check your spiritual temperature. Make sure God has all of you…it’s vital!