At times, we may find ourselves serving God with a religious or self-centered mind-set. However, our sincere affection for Him is what
pleases Him. When we do anything for God, we should be sure we are not
doing it for selfish or religious reasons. He wants our affection for
Him to be authentic.

A. Solomon loved God so much that He gave valuable sacrifices to honor Him (1 Kings 3:3-5).

1. After he sacrificed a thousand burnt offerings, God appeared to Solomon in a dream (1 Kings 3:3).

a. It sparks God’s interest every time His children show Him genuine affection, especially when we sacrifice our most prized possessions.

2. Solomon’s father, David, also demonstrated His love for God by setting his affection on the house of God (1 Chronicles 29:2, 3).

a. David went above and beyond to provide gold, silver, precious stones, and other valuables for the house of God.

b. Our affection moves us to give generously.

B. “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing” (1
Corinthians 13:3, AMP).

1. We will not profit by serving God or giving to Him out of a sense of religious obligation.

a. We must serve God with the right motive, and with a sincere heart.

b. Trying to work biblical principles (to get things) without affection leads to a lifetime of frustration.

c. In everything we do, our attitude should be to seek Him first, knowing He will give us the things we need (Matthew 6:32, 33).

Scripture References:

  • I Kings 3:3-5
  • 1 Chronicles 29:2, 3
  • 1 Corinthians 13:3, AMP
  • Matthew 6:32, 33