Text: Acts 13:36, I Samuel 22:1-3
“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption;” (NKJV).
“David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So, when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So, he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”(NKJV).
May I let you know that your life was designed by God to have many levels of influence and undeniable impact.
A. Your life affects your family.
B. It impacts your generation.
C. It influences your nation.
The way you live, therefore, is a pointer to where you will end. Do you want to be great in your generation as God originally designed you according to Genesis 1:28?
If yes, then you need to take a look at those who have gone ahead and have been very great like David and emulate their ways of life.
With reference to our first scriptural text above, we are told that David served his generation. You must be willing to serve. Learn to serve and actually serve in every area you are capable.
Learn to serve God. STOP USING GOD LIKE YOUR ATM, USEFUL ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE A NEED. We cannot emphasise this enough.
If you don’t have a need for money, security, a life partner, healings, etc., would you still serve God? Many people who were coming to church when they had a need are now back to their old ways today all because God answered them and they got their needs met. It is not a sin for a need to bring you to Christ, but it is an abomination to serve God only for such sundry needs. Many are in church for socialisation reason, others are just waiting for WHAT TO GRAB OR COLLECT RATHER THAN WHAT TO GIVE OR CONTRIBUTE. What we call transactional and flesh motivated crowd of shallow passers-by!!! GOD HAVE MERCY.
Arise and ask your Pastor, HOD, etc., for what you can do to serve God and His kingdom. Don’t be slothful in God’s business, be fervent in spirit and serve God zealously (Romans 12:11).
Secondly, David also served the people. In our second scriptural reference above, David became a captain over a group of people who were discontented, distressed and dejected.
As a captain, he was totally sold out to their welfare, DAVID WAS A RAISER OF MEN, RATHER than BEING AN ERASER OF PEOPLES DESTINIES. What a lesson!
Their safety, feeding, accommodation and training amongst other forms of assistance and empowerment became David’s responsibilities. Small wonder he had many fanatical followers. Have you not heard it said that nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
Beloved, undue selfishness is equal to systematic self-annihilation.
Learn to serve your community, serve in your professional association, always be ready to volunteer wherever you go, serve in more than one department if you are gifted in more than one area, such is the stuff that great people are made of. Our Lord Jesus said this much in Matthew 20:26 as follows: “… but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”
Therefore, it is my humble counsel that you:
A. Stop cutting people down with your criticism.
B. Moderate your expectation of others; you too didn’t arrive at your current status on a single day!
C. Are you aware of the principle of sowing and reaping? Are you ready to reap what you are sowing?
D. Learn to nurture what you desire to see and always expect the best from people.
E. Learn to bring the best out of people.
F. Irrespective of your age, education and social status, learn to love and value people. Remember that Jesus died for them and is still interceding for everyone right now including you, and this is very serious indeed.
G. You are the answer to the prayer of some people and not living up to God’s expectation in this regard means you are not fulfilling destiny.
REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT BE AN ERASER AND NOT ATTRACT AN ERASER.
Enough they say is sufficient for the wise.
Repent from all your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour NOW if you have not done so.