Friday, April 28, 2017

Amaziah, the Half-Hearted King

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

In one of my daily readings, I’ve been going through the Kings and Chronicles. The other day, a verse seemed to leap from the pages, which arrested my attention. It had to do with a king of Judah. Amaziah was his name. He was the son of Joash whom he followed to the throne after his father was assassinated. He became King at the age of 25 and ruled for nearly 30 years, some of which was as a co-regent. His reigned around the time of the prophet Joel.

What struck me as I read about him was a verse that said he did things for the Lord, but not with all his heart. Quite frankly, it’s a haunting verse. By way of application, it describes:

A person who professes Christ, but never owns his faith.
A person who loves church activity more than Christ.
A person who talks the Bible, but doesn’t walk the Bible.
A person who does good things, but suffers from spiritual anemia.
A person who would rather please people than God.
A person who is “kind of” about Christ, but “all” about riches.

It describes exactly the person I don’t want to be—a half-hearted Christ follower! 

I know of only one way to escape half-heartedness: to walk low before the Lord, asking Him daily to make you more like His Son, our Savior, Jesus.

He [King Amaziah] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. 2 Chronicles 25.2

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