Dr Ruckman said of 1 Chr 28:9-10, “These are two of the greatest verses in the Bible”. They show you what to do with your life. I have lived long enough to now know that what David told Solomon in these two verses is absolutely true. There is nothing more important in life than doing what David said.
What To Do With Your Life
Seek and find God. “If thou seek him, he will be found of thee”.
God reveals himself in the heavens so that people all over the world can find him if they seek for him. Ps 19:1-3, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where there voice is not heard”.
When people are looking for eternal life, knowing that this life is only temporary, the Lord shows them eternal life in Jesus Christ. Rom 2:7, “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life”. Cornelius is a perfect example of this, Acts 10.
If you want to find God, Search the scriptures, Jn 5:39. God reveals himself in his words. Jer 29:13, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”.
Don’t neglect to heed the warning, “If thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever”. In Matt 25:41, he says to the cursed, “Depart from me…”. He died for you, he rose to give you eternal life. What he offers is all completely freeto you. Eph 2:8-9. If you die and go to hell it’s all on you. In Lk 16 the rich man wasn’t interested in eternity until he got to hell. Then suddenly he was concerned that his brothers wouldn’t wind up there.
In soul winning, if you get a profession of faith and never see any fruit, the person who “prayed the prayer” probably wasn’t seeking God in the first place. But people seeking God, when they hear the good news, they recognize that they have found what they have been looking for.
Know God. “Know thou the God of thy father”.
The trouble with some “Christians” raised in Christian homes is that they never began to know the God of their fathers. Some are even like the foolish in Romans 1.
Rom 1:19-20, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen…”. Rom 1:21 says, “when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful”. And so, Rom 1:28 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind”.
Knowing God is a life-long pursuit. It begins with the fear of the Lord. Most people who tell you what they know about God can only discuss their opinions. They really don’t have a clue. But, people who fear the Lord know some things about him. And if they apply themselves, they’ll continue to learn about him and know him. Like Paul, they will continue to know him all the way through conformity to his death, Phil 3:10.
Serve God with a perfect heart. “Serve him with a perfect heart”. We are servants.
Josiah was one of the greatest kings who ever ruled Judah. In 2 Chr 34:3 he sought the Lord when he was young. In 2 Ki 23:25 he turned to the Lord with all his heart. Contrast Solomon whose wives turned his heart away from the Lord.
Solomon said, “Keep thy heart with all diligence…”. Paul said, “Set you affection on things above, not on thing on the earth”. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is there will your heart be also”. Keep the first commandment and Love God with all your heart.
Serve God with a willing mind. “And with a willing mind”. Let this mind be in you… We are to be like Jesus. We are to have his “mindset”. In Phil 2:5-8 he took upon him the form of a servant. God is not here to serve you. You should be willing to do whatever God wants you to do. His plan is absolutely the best.
Do the job God gave you to do. “Be strong, and do it”. God has chosen you for a particular work. In Solomon’s case, “For the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary”. In Eph 2:10 we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we would walk in them”. God has something for you to do. Apply yourself to what you know to do now and follow him as he leads you in that which he has given you to do.
David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby wrote a book called, Leadership Not By The Book. In it he testifies that God equipped him to be a merchant. Hobby Lobby gives away half of its annual profits to the furtherance of the gospel. He’s a merchant that God uses to provide the funding for gospel ministries around the world.
Green exhorts you to work without distraction. Do the thing you are gifted to do. Apply yourself to work diligently in what God has given you to do now. He’s 80 years old and still working.