If you knew that your days were drawing to a close and you wanted to compose a message to your son, what would you say? What would be the most important message you would leave? What would represent the essence of all the wisdom you had accumulated, that you would want to pass on? As David's life was nearing an end and he knew that his son, Solomon, would take over as king here is what David said to Solomon (1 Chronicles 28:9-10 "and Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. So take this seriously."
It all starts with a personal, intimate, relationship between our living heart and the living heart of the living God. God is real and God is personal. He has total knowledge of our thoughts, attitudes, motivations and plans. Knowing this, we should be motivated to live honestly and openly before God, eager to do the things that please Him. Any other direction we might take is foolish and we only fool ourselves. It all starts with the personal knowledge and relationship with the Lord. That is affirmed and celebrated in our worship and confirmed in our service. If anything is to be taken seriously, this is to be taken seriously.