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NOT ENOUGH

2 Kings 10:31 “But Jehu was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.”

YOU CAN’T STOP SHORT

Jehu was a bloody king.  He slew the 70 sons of Ahab and 42 others who were going to visit them.  He slew all the worshippers of Baal and their priests.  But….  As you see from today’s verse, he “was not careful to walk in the law of the Lord, the God of Israel, with all his heart; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam, which he made Israel sin.”  A little good is not good enough.

Now, hear me out.  Too many of us think we can just go to church and throw a few dollars in the plate.  We believe if we volunteer once a year for VBS or go on a mission trip, then all is well with the Lord.  The Lord demands us to be sold out completely.  He doesn’t want half-hearted followers.  He requires us to surrender completely and abandon all other things in life that compete with Him.

TEACHING MOMENT

Teaching our children to “sell out” for Jesus isn’t hard.  We have to show them.  We have to sacrifice our wants and desires for His.  Then He will allow them model our behavior.  When our children see us “selling out” they will know what it looks like and what it costs.

How do children sell out?  What do they have to give up?  How about the kids they hang out with?  How about the music they listen to or the video games they play?  How about choosing a quiet time over phone time?  No matter your age, there are things you can sacrifice.

Mom and Dad, are you doing some good for God or are you sold out?  Some good isn’t enough.  God wants you to set the example for your family and abandon all for Him.  Will you?

O God of the ages, will you help me abandon myself to You? I want to lead the way in doing all I can for You and Your kingdom.  I don’t want things of this world to bog me down.

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