1 Chronicles 22:19
“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.”
When you’re running a race, the starter declares, “On your marks, get set…” Once the runner is set, the starter sounds the gun for the runners to take off in the race. Getting set on the marks is simply getting yourself in the position to give yourself the best chance to have a good start. Every hundredth of a second counts in a race, and that is why they need to get set right for the start. The runner needs to be sure that they are set and not moving around when the gun goes off so they can run the best race that they are capable of running.
Likewise, the Christian needs to get set in life so they can run the best race for the LORD. A Christian who is still trying to figure out who they are going to serve, or how they are going to serve the LORD will not run the race of the Christian life in the manner that they could if they would just get set. David told Solomon that he needed to be set in two areas of his life so that he could properly run the race God had set for him.
First, David said that Solomon needed to set his heart. God says in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Getting your heart set on the LORD is imperative to successfully living the Christian life. If your heart is still searching for whom to serve, you will never make it in the Christian life. David told Solomon to set his heart to “seek the LORD.” Why did David tell him to seek the LORD? He said this because he had read Deuteronomy 4:29 which says, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” My friend, you will always find what you are seeking for if you will seek the LORD with all your heart. Christian, get your heart set on seeking the LORD. As long as you waver in what you focus your heart upon, you will continue to waver in whom you will serve.
Second, David told Solomon to set his soul. If you set your heart to seek the LORD, you won’t look for an identity from the world because your identity will be the LORD. Your soul is your identity, and that is why you must set your soul on the LORD. Christian, you have to stop trying to be accepted by the world. James 4:4 reminds us, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” If the Christian is going to be successful in serving the LORD, they are going to have to seek their identity from Christ and His Word. As long as you seek an identity from the world, you will never be identified with Christ.
Let me ask you, are you set in heart and soul? We have a race we are to run, and if you are not set in heart and soul, you will not run the race the LORD has for you as you ought to run it. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” You have one chance to run your race of life. The starter of life has already called you to your marks. Let me encourage you to get your heart and soul set on the LORD. If you will set your heart and soul on Jesus, you will run your race and please the LORD with how you run it.