There Are No Self Starters In A Church
As King David approached the end of his life and reign over Israel, the next promised heir to the throne was Solomon. After a brief power struggle with his older brother Adonijah, David settled the controversy by naming Solomon the new king. The following events that took place between David and Solomon are lessons for all of us on the importance of instructing the next generation to succeed.
In 1 Kings 2 David is near the end of his life and gives Solomon a spiritual job description for success. (Vs.2 Be strong, prove yourself a man. Vs.3 Keep charge of the Lord your God, walk in His ways, keep His statutes, His commandments, His Judgments, His Testimonies.
We also see that David warns Solomon of the “potholes” he may face with some potential trouble makers.
David’s desire to see the next generation succeed is an example to us. Not only do we need to teach and foster them, but also make them aware of the “potholes” ahead. Solomon was so encouraged by David, and at the same time he realized the enormous task and responsibility along with his inexperience and was provoked to ask the Lord for wisdom.
It is critical that we pass information and instruction for the continuance of the ministry to the next generation. Pastor to pastor, leader to leader, member to member, parents to children, teacher to student. Let them know what is expected and what to expect. It is your responsibility before God.
There are no self starters in the church, we need each other.