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1 Kings 2:1-4 • Bringing All the Parts Together

“As David’s time to die drew near, he charged Solomon his son, saying, ‘I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man. Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that the Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, “If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.”‘”
    —1 Kings 2:1-4 (NASB)

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need to be reminded that by the very definition of the term “relationship”, my relationship with Christ is something that affects every area of my life. For some reason, I have the ability to become segmented, to view the different environments I transition to and from as being separate and not entirely connected. I think part of this comes from the secular business notion of being “professional”, a state wherein one’s personal feelings are put aside in order to make the fairest and most impartial decisions. This attitude can carry over in the way I deal with family versus church versus work. One shouldn’t unduly “influence” the other. Where it eventually and most dangerously leads is to turning my Christianity “on” and “off” so that I only allow it to exist in limited circumstances.

There are 3 goals with which David challenges Solomon with his last instructions: “show yourself a man”, “succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn“, and to provide the conditions “so that the Lord may carry out His promise”. It’s a challenge to not just be personally successful, but both professionally and spiritually successful. And how does David offer that these can all be accomplished? From the same common behavior: Obedience to God’s Word. Not to just be obedient to it personally, not just to be obedient to it in the course of one’s profession, not just to be obedient in spiritual matters, but as one continuous whole across one’s life without interruption. One can’t “keep” and/or “walk” in something part-time. It’s a full-time, continually renewable action, what we often describe with the word “lifestyle”.

The measure of our becoming the person in Christ we need to be is the degree to which we “walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinance, and His testimonies” in every single activity of our life, regardless of where we’re located or with whom we find ourselves. People with whom we come into contact in every circumstance will witness a testimony of Christ. We will mature personally in the peace and strength of never relegating God’s desires beneath our own. And God will bless us spiritually with every good thing in this life and the one to come. All the parts come together through obedience to the One.