It may be the most dangerous word for a Follower of Jesus.
“Solomon loved the Lord and followed all the instructions of his father, David, except…”*
It doesn’t take an English teacher to know “all, except” isn’t “all”. And ignoring some of God’s teaching meant Solomon’s kingdom was going to completely fall. **
Of course, the real question isn’t about Solomon, it’s about me. What’s my ‘except’?
Am I following all of Jesus’ teaching as best I can, or are there one or two things (little things?) that I’m doing even though I know I shouldn’t? Or not doing even though I know I should?
Well, while it may not bring down a kingdom, it will hinder my relationship with God and limit my ability to serve Him. And if I want to be a fully committed follower of Jesus, I have to follow Him fully.
* 1 Kings 3:3
** After his death, but it still fell.