Saturday, 11 May 2013

GOD REWARDS COMMITMENT


TEXT: 1 KINGS 3: 5-13
 Solomon delighted himself in the lord; he was concerned about the work that God placed in his hand. (Leadership) He does not want to do God’s work nonchalantly; he appreciated the privilege of God choosing him to rule over God’s people. He acknowledge this in his statement “I am only a child and do not know how to carry out my duties” he does not want to fail God in his duties, so he forgot about himself and committed himself body, soul and spirit into the work of God. Solomon gave priority to his duties rather than the title.


The lesson here is that it is not enough for you to occupy a position, but how you carry out your duties is what makes you a success. Solomon was passionate about the work of God. (To rule over Israel) When God asked him what he wanted, he did not think of personal blessing like, house, wealth etc. he did not ask for wealth that will make people to respect him more. Rather he asked for divine assistance to be successful in his duties.
 
Are you passionate about the work of God in your care? When it comes to making a choice about God’s work and your own work, which one comes first? Are your desires only on what will benefit you materially? Can you go extra mile to do the work of God? Let us learn from Solomon that made his duties prominent in his heart than his own material needs. We should make it a point of duty not to fail God in our duties. It is a privilege to work for God, if God has placed anything in your hands, do not relax; keep the fire burning!

Acquire relevant knowledge that will make you to excel in that particular field. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. (Colossians 3:23) Solomon did not relax after he was anointed king over Israel. He does not want to be known as “ordinary king” but a king with difference. This could be seen in his reply to God in 1 Kings 3:9 he told God to empower him to be able to carry out his duties successfully.

Some believers are guilty of not doing their duties to their best ability, once they have been given a position; they see themselves as “semi gods” They will not make effort to be successful in that position, all they are interested in is the “title” of the office. As a leader; you are being called to service, if you cannot play your role well in the position you are holding, there is no respect for you. Nobody respects a failure.

If you delight yourself in God and commit yourself to His work, He will be committed to you in return. God told Solomon in verse 11-13 that because he did not ask for wealth, death of his enemies, or long life. He would give him what he asked for, and He will also add to him what he did not ask for.
God was happy with Solomon because He could see sign of dedication and commitment in him.

Solomon’s dedication to the work of God earned him more blessing than he asked for. If we dedicate ourselves to the work of God; and leave Him to take care of our needs, He will surprise us with blessing than we could ever think or ask for. (Ephesians 3:20)

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