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My Part

My Part

14 May 2010

Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 22-24; 1 Thessalonians 3

Scripture:

17 David gave orders to all of Israel’s leaders to help his son Solomon, 18 saying, “Isn’t it obvious that your God is present with you; that he has given you peaceful relations with everyone around? My part in this was to put down the enemies, subdue the land to God and his people; 19 your part is to give yourselves, heart and soul, to praying to your God. So get moving—build the sacred house of worship to God! Then bring the Chest of the Covenant of God and all the holy furnishings for the worship of God into the sanctuary built in honor of God.” (1 Chronicles 22:17-19 MSG)

The two things that stand out from the story of David’s life and mission are that God had called him to “Fight the Lord’s battles,” and to “Shepherd my people Israel.” When David stayed within those guidelines, he did great. When he got into personal ambition and pet projects, things went south in a hurry!

David had flirted with the idea of Empire Building and had taken a census of all the fighting men in Israel and Judah. Then he expressed his desire to build a great temple for the worship of the God who had called him and led him through the years. God commended his desire, but told him his son Solomon would be the Temple builder.

Now, near the end, David is very clear on his role – his God-assignment. David said, “My part was to establish this nation for God, your part is to give yourselves to getting God’s direction for the next season and build God’s Temple.”

I encourage you, whatever your season of life, whether just beginning or near the end, make it a regular part of your life to think, pray, dialog, and be clear on the “My Part – Your Part” issues of life. Annual retreat, Quarterly away day, monthly prayer time… Don’t leave the “My Part – Your Part” questions out of your process.

It’s kind of a shame if we wait until we get near the end of our run to get clear on the “My Part and Your Part” issues. But I promise you, it’s better now than never!

Prayer:

Father, I haven’t always been as diligent at this as I should have been. Thanks that it’s not too late to know and do My Part today. Thanks that there is a My Part to be addressed in the present moment and that I have the privilege of still being part of your big plan. Amen.

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