Matthew 7, 1 Kings 9-10

1 Kings 10:1 – When the Queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the LORD, she came to test Solomon with hard questions.

Lord God, it was obvious to the whole world, even to someone from as far away as Sheba that Solomon had a relationship with the Lord, that he had what he had, did what he did, and accomplished what he did because he was walking with God.  It was obvious.  Solomon was famous because of the LORD.  Solomon lived to make God famous. As I read about him and how the Queen clearly recognized God’s blessings in his reign and accomplishments and I wonder: What will people say about me?  What do people know about me and my relationship with the Lord?  When the see my online profile and follow me there, what do they see?  What do they know?  What do people say about me in my vocation and calling of life?  What does my family say about me and the way I live, act, parent and husband? When I retire or when I die what will people say at my funeral?  I want them to say that he lived a life for the One True God.  I want them to say that he was all in and all out living, acting, breathing, deciding because of his relationship with God.  I know that this isn’t 100% true.  But Lord God, I want it to be.  I want it to be so obvious in everything that I think, say, and do that even those who despise me must admit, “He is walking with God.”  I want the fruit coming from my life to be so clear that everyone will know, “He follows Jesus.”  Forgive me, Lord, for the rotten fruit that falls from my branches.  Forgive me, Lord, for the selfish and self-centered thought processes and actions that flow from them.  And now, Lord, help me to live in such a way that everyone will know that you are God.  Help me to let my light shine in this dark world so that people will praise you, O Father.  Amen.