Friday, July 1, 2011

A Loyal Heart

And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a loyal heart.
(2 Chron. 25:2 NKJV)

What a sad and pathetic commentary on a life. King Amaziah, did what was right in the sight  of the Lord but not with a loyal heart. He was not fully committed to the Lord. He was loyal when it was convenient. He was loyal when he felt he needed to be. Yet when you came down to it, he was a man with a divided heart.
Even as he began to reign as king he did many things that were commendable. He established justice in areas that had previously been neglected. This was a good and noble task.
Yet he also had a tendency to lean upon the arm of the flesh. In battle he sought the help of man instead of the help of God. He looked to military numbers instead of Gods power to save. 
He was reproved for his bad decision by the Lords prophet,and thus he reluctantly sent the soldiers he had hired away. It appeared that perhaps he was now going to trust in the Lord. As Amaziah went into battle he was victorious. Then as he began to collect the spoils of his victory, he collected all the false idols of his defeated foes. He then set them up and began to worship them instead of the living God who had given him victory.
Here it was that his true colors were exposed. At times he appeared to walk in the ways of the Lord, yet down deep he was not loyal to God. Although God had provided for him,delivered him he chose not to truly follow the Lord.
In his pride King Amaziah hardened his heart and fought in another battle he presumed he would win. God sent prophets to warn him, but he would not listen. Even the enemy he had challenged to fight warned him, still his hardened heart was impenetrable. He was soundly defeated and lost his life on the battlefield. 
The lesson is this, serve the Lord with a loyal heart. Do not be divided, or you will be divided. Choose you this day who you will serve. We cannot be in two places at once. We cannot affectively serve God and at the same time live our old life within the world. Is your heart truly loyal to God? Are you serving Jesus with your whole heart or a divided heart? If you desire to serve God with a loyal heart perhaps pray something like this:

dear God forgive me for following you only when I find it convenient. I repent of being one way around these people, and another way around those people. Today I choose to follow after you with all that I am, because you gave all that you are for me. Amen!