05 February 2011
Today’s Reading: Leviticus 1-3; Acts 13
…After David had served his generation according to will of God, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed. (Acts 13:36 NLT)
I love Paul’s summary of Israel’s history given in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia. Similar in some ways to Peter’s history on the Day of Pentecost and Stephen’s message before the Jewish council, it sweeps over centuries and generations and shows everything leading to and fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Today, the verse that captured my attention is the statement that David served his generation according to the will of God, then died and his body decayed. (I turn sixty-eight this year and I can attest to the fact that it’s possible for the body to begin decaying some time before one’s death! But I digress…)
David served his generation according to the will of God.
In some very real and practical ways, it’s not as easy as it used to be. Our culture has largely lost the benefit of the extended family and built-in respect for age and wisdom. Generations, which once adopted a new view of reality every forty years or so, then every twenty-five years, now do so in a decade or less.
I want to serve my generation according to the will of God – God’s specific assignment for me while I live on earth. In order to do that I must:
• Relate to the generations before me with honor and respect and learn from their wisdom and experience. I don’t have time to make all the mistakes myself!
• Relate well to my own generation and not live an artificially-isolated life inside the bubble of my religious system. I can’t influence if I don’t engage!
• Relate well to the generations following me through listening, learning, staying relevant, and making myself available to influence their values, decisions, and actions. I can offer. I can’t insist.
May God give me something worthwhile to say and provide the opportunities to say it well!
Father, I’d like for someone someday to be able to honestly say of me, “Jim served his generation according to the will of God. May he rest in peace.”