In the last post we looked at the dream that David had in his heart. A dream to build a temple in honor of God. David consulted with the prophet Nathan, and Nathan gave him the green light to go ahead with the building project, telling him to do all that is in his heart. That night God spoke to Nathan, and Nathan returned to the king the next day with some bad news. God was not going to permit David to build the temple, but God did promise David that his son Solomon would build it (I Chronicles 17:12). Not only that, but God was going to establish the throne of David forever. You probably know the story of how David gathered materials and men so when Solomon came to the throne all the preparation had been made. All he needed to do was start building. Here are a few thoughts on this story:
- David didn’t become upset and say “Well since God is not going to let me do it I’m not going to do anything.” How many people sit idly by in our churches and do nothing because they don’t have one of the ‘big’ jobs? They don’t get the jobs that are ‘seen’ or the important jobs so they just aren’t going to participate. Let me remind you that not everyone gets to play as the quarterback, but that doesn’t mean that there is not a place for you. Get involved no matter where it may be.
- David didn’t just sit around. He could have said, “well God said he would do it so that’s that.” God promised David that Solomon would build him a house, so David doesn’t approach this with a fatalistic attitude but with a faith-filled attitude. God has said he will use Solomon to do it, so David began to prepare the materials for the temple. Again, how many people sit in our churches with a “what will be will be” attitude and do nothing? Yes, Solomon would build the temple, and, yes, God said that He would do it, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing for David to do. So David approached it with the attitude that “if Solomon is going to do it, he needs something to do it with.”
- David charged and encouraged his son in this task. In I Chronicles 22:6, after David had been preparing materials and developing plans for the Temple, he called his son Solomon. To “charge” according to Mr. Webster, means “To lay on, impose, entrust, such as a duty or a task.” In thinking about that definition, isn’t it interesting that many parents seem to work only towards their children’s ease and enjoyment. They say things like “I want them to have all the things that I never had.” David charges his son to do something, to pick up the task and finish it.
Now allow me to ask some questions:
- Are you involved? David is not allowed to build the Temple, but he is involved. Are you doing anything to help spread the Gospel around the world? If you are, is there more that you could be doing?
- What does your vision look like? You may be a pastor with a vision to build up your ministry, but the ministry doesn’t stop with you. All of the great preachers of the past have died, and the ministry goes on. It will continue to go on after we are dead and gone. What vision do you have for the ministry and for missions? Is this vision a multigenerational vision? What are you doing now that will help future generations serve God?
- Who are you encouraging? Who are you challenging? After preparations are made, David brings his Son in and says, “It is up to you.” What young person are you issuing a challenge to? What young person is receiving encouraging words from you to serve God with their lives? I remember about twenty years ago going to a wedding anniversary party of a couple. The man was a great preacher who had served the Lord for decades. He had been instrumental in starting several churches and pastoring churches in the North Georgia, East Tennessee, and Western North Carolina area. He now sat in a wheel chair. As I shook his hand that day he looked me in the eye and challenged me to live my life for the Lord. “We need now in these days, an army of young people to rise up and serve God. Keep yourself pure and serve the Lord young man.” I will never forget that conversation. Will any young people twenty years from now think back to you and remember how you challenged them to serve God?
This is part 2 in a series called Building God’s House. You can view part 1 in this series here.