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A Half-Hearted Attempt
Solomon didn’t decide one day that he would stop loving God with his whole heart. Rather, his faith slipped away slowly. One comprise led to another. One gray area lead to another area that was a darker shade of gray. The Solomon who built a temple for Molek, the god of child sacrifice didn’t even resemble the Solomon who spread his hands to heaven and proclaimed that there was no God like the God of Israel. He didn’t rush headlong into sin; he drifted slowly; the movement was so slight at first that no one knew. But Solomon knew in his heart.
Our head can rationalize and justify but our heart will convict us if we allow it to do so. One can harden their heart, but that too takes time. What we need to do is to guard our hearts.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
No compromise, no rationalizing, walk in the light and refuse to take detours into the shadows. But guarding your heart is not like hoarding money. There is a proactive reason to guard your heart. Your very life flows from your heart. When your heart is pure you are a blessing to those around you. As Solomon was losing his heart he slowly became a curse to those around him. After he died his people begged the new ruler to reverse the oppressive taxes and hard labor Solomon had forced on them.
Learn from the example of Jesus. He guarded his heart and thus was able to give his life for the sake of others. Make up your mind that you will serve God with your WHOLE heart. Don’t make a half-hearted attempt. Love the LORD your God with your all your heart.