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4/17/2020

A Devotional Journey
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson    
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
        Much preparation is made for the Temple by David, even though he knows it will be constructed and dedicated by his son.  The Levites and priests are organized; the singers are enlisted; the gatekeepers are appointed; treasurers and other officials are identified.   The general administration of the nation is provided for and then David begins the actual plans for the Temple.
        It is fascinating how well David understands the role of the forerunner.  He will not build the Temple himself; he will make it easier for the one who follows.  He will never see the results of his efforts; yet the results will be so important as to be worth it.  He does enough that he could go ahead himself and force the construction to begin, but God has revealed to him that this is not his role, so he simply prepares the way for someone else.

        Do you ever find yourself in the role of a forerunner, someone who gets things ready for someone else.  In a sense we fill this role again and again:  parents pave the way for their children's achievements; employees make it possible for their companies to succeed; church members build toward a future someone else will enjoy.
        History is a process in which each of us fit, but throughout which none of us remain.  We are on the stage for a moment, when we move on, leaving room for the next actors and perhaps leaving behind for them some new and effective prop.  Nothing we do lasts forever.  A visit to the Egyptian temples at Karnak and Luxor reveals this clearly:  built over a period of 2,000 years (!), these temples were forever in the minds of their builders, yet now lie in ruins.
         One of our greatest contributions to life is simply to prepare the way for those who follow: planting trees, establishing faith, encouraging others.
        When you finally die, what do you want to leave behind?  Not an indelible tribute to yourself hopefully (none of us but the most notorious will be remembered 100 years after we have died).  David's heritage was faith in God -- not a perfect life, not a monument to himself (if so, where is it?), but faith in God which he passed on to his son and his people.  In Christ, we are called to do the same. 
        How are you building faith into the lives of those around you?  What are you doing to influence them to consider and build a relationship with God for themselves?  Think about something you could do today to share faith and do it.
 
A. Eugene Pearson 2011