They were his men. Many of them joined with him at the lowest of times and they stayed with him through the toughest of times. Others came to him as they discerned the working of God concerning the throne of Israel. Yet all were mighty and experienced warriors who gave allegiance to David. And though their backgrounds differed, though they came from different tribes and possessed different strengths, they were all marked by the same thing. A whole heart and a single mind.
All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king.
(1Chronicles 12:38 ESV)
These mighty of men of war owned David as king with a whole heart. And, like the people who bowed to David’s throne, they did so with a single mind.
All in, nothing held back. In complete agreement, no wavering. Upon such consecration David rose to power. Because of such dedication his throne was established.
A whole heart and a single mind–they are the attributes of which strong kingdoms are built. And as my eyes locked on those two attributes, I couldn’t help but think of the greater King, Jesus, and of his greater dominion, the kingdom of heaven, and of how His people also need to be all in with a laser focus.
Half-heartedness is the enemy of the kingdom. Competing priorities compromise His rule. That’s why Paul exhorts the Colossians:
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
(Colossians 3:1-2, 17 ESV)
We are never called to “do church” 24/7 . . . but we are called to be the church 24/7. Our hearts given fully to the risen, ascended, and interceding King of kings. Our focus locked in on things above. Bringing, then, everything we do here on earth under the great calling of serving the One who reigns in heaven.
And so we rise as unto the Lord. We go to work as unto the Lord. We engage our world as unto the Lord. We gather together as unto the Lord.
O’ to bring everything I do under the banner of the kingdom of heaven. To be unwavering in why I do what I do. To be undistracted as to where my ultimate allegiance should lie.
And it’s not that I’m some mighty warrior. It’s not that Jesus’ power and authority are somehow dependent upon my allegiance. Instead, I know that I am just a sinner saved by grace–mighty only in and through Him. And I’m aware that, far from rallying to Him, He drew me to Himself with a love I can’t fully comprehend through a grace that is really beyond my understanding. And this, so that with a bit of holy determination, and a whole lot of Spirit within me, I might seek to be of a whole heart and a single mind.
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all. ~ Isaac Watts
Because of grace. For His glory.