Wholehearted Service to God

A story in 2 Chronicles 25 illustrates the importance of wholehearted service to God. A young man named Amaziah became king when he was twenty-five years old and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. Verse 2 is the most important verse in the account of his life. “He did what was right in the Lord’s sight but not wholeheartedly.”

When he came into power he did some good things but fell far short of full obedience. The army raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth-horon, and took a lot of plunder along the way. Yet after Amaziah came from the attack of the Edomites he brought the gods of the Seirites and set them up as his gods. He worshiped them and burned incense, v14. God sent word of judgement through his prophet.

The conclusion of his life is recorded in the closing verses of chapter 25. When he stopped following the Lord, a conspiracy was formed against him and he fled from Jerusalem to Lachish. Men were sent after him and he was put to death and they carried him back to be buried with his fathers.

Before we rush to condemn Amaziah, we should evaluate our own service to God. Sometimes we go part way in service to God but fall short of wholehearted service. People around us may not even be able to tell our level of surrender, but God always knows. Beware of yielding to the idols of the heart which draw your allegiance away from God. Give God your full attention and ask him to help you serve with your whole heart!!

About Seth Polk

Lead Pastor, Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes, WV
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