We’re nearing the end of our five-part series in which we examine David’s Dying Words to his son Solomon. To read the first three devotionals, or any archived devotional, visit www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word.
4. Live With The Kingdom In View
“…that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’” (1 Kings 2:4)
With this fourth command, David’s counsel to Solomon goes beyond Solomon. It’s counsel that begins to look down the generations to see something bigger than just father and son. David wants Solomon to think long-term about the promise of God, that the Messiah will come from the line of David. It's a multi-generational vision.
I don’t know how much you think about these things in your own life, but you should. You should live with a multi-generational vision. You should live with your children’s children (and their children) in mind.
But can I confess something? I find it hard to live for something bigger than myself. I find it hard to not have my day dictated by my wants, my needs, and my feelings. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t struggle to with a ‘me and mine’ way of living. I know I’m not alone.
I would imagine that when you wake up in the morning, your mind isn’t immediately filled with the grand purposes of the kingdom of God. I would imagine that most of us don’t say as our first waking words, “Today I must live for something bigger than me.”
It’s quite natural for me and you to wake up and have our minds filled with all the things we want to accomplish and all the things we think we need. In many ways, these aren’t evil thoughts to have each morning. But, your living must be an expression of something bigger than that.
What kingdom structures your life: the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of self? Do you actually have a multi-generational vision? When you think of your city, do you think down the generations of what could happen where you live? When you think of your church, do you envision fifty years from now, or a hundred years from now?
Do you want to be part of something bigger than just this moment? Do you understand that you’ve been hooked to something vastly bigger than the borders of your own life? David was surely not a perfect man, but in this moment, he gets it. He lives with the Lord’s multi-generational vision. David is saying to Solomon, “Look at your son, and his son, and his son, and his son, and his son, and his son, and his son. Live with that care; live with that concern; participate in that plan.”
Paul David Tripp
- When you woke up this morning, what filled your mind?
- In what ways are you shrinking the borders of your life?
- How can you live with a multi-generational vision for your city?
- How can you live with a multi-generational vision for your church?