1 Kings 9:10-28

1 Kings 9:10-28

1 Kings 9:20Vintage message from January 9, 2000.

We fall into this trap too often of thinking that we need to do something for God. We need to be God’s friend and do Him a favor. We need to make a sacrifice to God to impress Him…

When we do not follow God’s Word, when we do not study God’s Word, when we do not allow God to have that place in our life, when we abandon the principle of God and what He teaches us, we step onto a slippery slope, and we begin to slide away. We turn around and we see God getting further and further from us, and it is our tendency to say, “God, why are You leaving me?” God is standing right where He’s always stood: in that place of authority; in that place of power; in that place of strength; and the only reason that we are getting further away from God is not because He’s abandoning us, but because we are abandoning Him. Because we have not obeyed God’s word…

Do you realize that God doesn’t want your favors? That God doesn’t want your temples? God doesn’t want the things that you can do for Him to impress Him? He cares for you. And these words, which should sink so deeply in to each and every one of our hearts when we hear it, “You mean God cares for me? He doesn’t want my temple? He doesn’t need my praise and worship to exist?” Oh, He loves those things. He loves it when our hearts are right with Him, and we fall before Him in worship and praise, when we gather together in fellowship and build one another up. He loves that when we do that because we love Him. But when we’re doing it simply out of the fulfilling of an obligation, it’s building a “temple,” it’s building another place, it’s doing another work, and God does not care about the work that we do. He cares about the heart attitude in which the work is done…

I sometimes take a look at my own heart and…I oftentimes have to stop and review my own heart toward God, my own love relationship with God, and I find, oftentimes, that what I’m doing is simply fulfilling my obligation to God. No more… We begin to miss the point. Even though we may have entered into a relationship with the Lord, even though we may have asked Jesus into our heart sometimes, just like Solomon, …we get so caught up in the things we’re doing in and for this world, even our service to the Lord sometimes becomes a snare to us, because we do it out of obligation…

And I would hope that the message I’m getting across to you is that…it would check our heart attitude. Why am I here? What do I hope to gain by serving God? Am I serving God because maybe next week I’ll acquire the mansion and the Cadillac and the gold chain? Or, would I serve God even if I was in a dirt hovel in the middle of a field with no shoes, barely a shirt on my back, and beans for my meal? Would I still find myself coming to fellowship with my brothers and sisters with a smile on my face, understanding the great blessing that God has poured in my life? God lays out very clearly in His Word how He wants us to worship Him. Jesus says He desires to be worshiped in Spirit and in truth.

Pastor Dave Elkins