Who is your king?
- Your king is who or what you worship.
What does it mean to worship?
- Worship is giving away your love and your life to something.
What are you worshipping? What are you giving your love and life to?
(Take a bunch of answers)
What do you spend your time on? What do you spend your money on? What do you sit around thinking about?
- These are the things you are investing in and therefore these are the things you are worshipping.
I’m going to simplify this…
- Every single person in this room worships someone. You either worship God, or you worship yourself.
- Your life is and will be all about your wants, your needs, and your desires
- Your life will be all about God’s wants and God’s desires
- God will be king or, You will make yourself king of your own life.
How many of you have ever heard to Solomon?
- Solomon was David’s son, the wisest man to ever live. He was particularly gifted by God with a wisdom the world has never known.
- Solomon wrote several books of the Bible including Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and some of the Psalms.
Have any of you ever read Proverbs?
The point of the whole book is stated right up front
Read: Proverbs 1:1-6
- If you want to be smart, if you want to be wise, if you want to gain understanding, then read this book.
Solomon was an interesting guy…
He started his life off well, wanting to please God and serve the Kingdom. Solomon was on a straight path doing well.
We know from Scripture that there would come times in Solomon’s life when he would get off course. We read in the book of Ecclesiastes about Solomon, the wisest man to ever live giving himself to all sorts of different things.
Solomon the King of Israel, the wisest man to ever live, searching for the meaning of life, invested himself in the world. He gave his time, his energy, and his money to the things of the world. Solomon worshipped the world.
Read Ecclesiastes 2
2:1-2 – Solomon had as much fun as he could (really smart rich people know how to have a lot of fun)
2:4-6 – Solomon built big mansions for himself and parks to play in.
2:7-8 – Solomon had servants that waited on him, he went after money and was very rich. He could buy anything he wanted. Solomon was constantly throwing parties at his home.
2:10 – Solomon got what he wanted when he wanted and maybe two of them
How many of you want to grow up and be like Solomon?
Does the idea of having anything you want right when you want it sound good?
How many of you think Solomon was happy?
- He wasn’t…
- Solomon went after the things of this world with commitment
- He had whatever he wanted. If it felt good he did it. If it tasted good, he ate it. If it looked good, he looked at it. If it smelled good, he smelled it.
But it didn’t make Solomon a happy man.
How many of you want to be happy and have great joy in your lives?
Do you know that Solomon figured out the secret?
Look at Proverbs 1:7
This is a really hard verse… Do you know what it means?
- The very best thing for us is God
- God must be our king
- We must worship God, bending our wills and our desires to his.
- If God’s will is for us to stay on the narrow road that leads to the narrow gate (Matthew 7)
- When we start to get off the path like Solomon, we’ve got to stop, pray, repent, and get back on the Way.
Who will be your king?
Will you make yourself your own king and go after all the things in the world like Solomon did?
Or, will you make God your king and bow down at his feet with honor, respect, love, and fear in your hearts?