I Chron. 28:9-10 And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and understands 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. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.
Dear friend, get to know the Lord your God. Don’t just know about Him, know Him personally. Be sure you are living in a relationship with Him. Know Him in His love, power, holiness, and glory. Know Him so well that you are driven to your knees in worship of Him. Know Him so well that the desires of your heart will be to serve Him. The Lord doesn’t want your half-hearted attempts to worship and serve Him. He doesn’t want you to respond to Him out of duty but out of your willing heart because you love Him.
The Lord sees and knows your heart. He knows what is behind your words and actions. He knows whether you are living in His love or not. He knows your every plan and thought. He knows whether He has your whole heart or just a part of it.
Be assured of this, if you sincerely seek Him, you will find Him. If you don’t, chances are that you won’t. If you forsake Him, watch out! The Lord rejects those who forsake Him. To forsake is to abandon, to walk away from with intent. There is no hope for those who forsake the Lord.
The Lord has chosen you to be a temple for Him to dwell in. You are His temple. He has chosen to live in YOU. So, be strong and do the work. In order to be strong, you must make Jesus not only your Savior, but your Lord.
You must work out your salvation. It takes effort to be a dwelling place for the Lord. You cannot do nothing and expect to grow spiritually. You must put time and energy into your spiritual life. You must seek the Lord, be in His Word, be in your prayer closet, be actively involved in His church, and be a witness for Him. A strong and vibrant life in Christ requires sacrifice, dedication, work and self-denial.
You value and appreciate most that which you work for. Salvation is free, but living in Christ is work. Dear friend, be strong and do the work!