As we enter into 1st & 2nd Chronicles, we have the history of the Kings of Judah. In fact, whenever these books are referenced in scripture, thy are one book known as The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah. It is fitting that these books start their discussion of the kings with the great King David himself. The Kings of Judah start with David and have his lineage all the way to Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. Many of these kings were good kings, a few were great kings, and many were evil kings. As David is passing the throne to his son Solomon, David tells Solomon exactly what it takes to be a great king.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NKJV) — 9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
David tells Solomon that the only way to be a great king is to know God and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. This is the only requirement. This kind of serving can’t be done as an outward appearance only. It must be done internally. He must “know” God and he must serve with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. All God wants from us is a loyal heart and a willing mind. The good kings had a loyal heart and a willing mind. The bad kings did not.
What does it mean to have a loyal heart and a willing mind? It simply means that you live by faith. You understand that God is God and is in complete control and you live your life obedient to that belief. David understood this. In fact, in the very next chapter we see a blessing that David gives before the people of Israel that really shows his heart.
1 Chronicles 29:10–15 (NKJV) — 10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said:
“Blessed are You, LORD God of
Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth
Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head over all.
12 Both riches and honor come
from You, And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
13 “Now therefore, our God,
We thank You And praise Your
14 But who am I, and who are
my people, That we should be
able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
15 For we are aliens and pilgrims
before You, As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.
God has not just called great kings to serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind. He has called you to serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind. If you want to be a great father, if you want to be a great husband, if you want to be a great manager or employee, if you want to be a great leader, elder, or pastor, if you want to be a great man, you must serve the Lord with a loyal heart and a willing mind.
This is what it means to have the mind of Christ. Jesus has this mind and because He does, He is returning as the next and final and greatest King of Judah and King of Israel, and King of the world. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – 2 Chronicles 13-17
- Day 2 – 2 Chronicles 18-20
- Day 3 – 2 Chronicles 21-24
- Day 4 – 2 Chronicles 25-27
- Day 5 – 2 Chronicles 28-31
- Day 6 – 2 Chronicles 32-34
- Day 7 – 2 Chronicles 35-36