Keeping the Charge

Now Solomon purposed to build a temple for the name of the Lord. And Solomon assigned 70,000 men to bear burdens and 80,000 to quarry in the hill country, and 3,600 to oversee them. And Solomon sent word to Hiram the king of Tyre: ‘As you dealt with David my father and sent him cedar to build himself a house to dwell in, so deal with me. Behold, I am about to build a house for the name of the Lord my God and dedicate it to him for the burning of incense of sweet spices before him, and for the regular arrangement of the showbread, and for burnt offerings morning and evening, on the Sabbaths and the new moons and the appointed feasts of the Lord our God, as ordained forever for Israel. The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?’ ..Then Hiram the king of Tyre answered in a letter that he sent to Solomon, ‘Because the Lord loves his people, he has made you king over them. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who made heaven and earth, who has given King David a wise son, who has discretion and understanding, who will build a temple for the Lord.'” 2 Chronicles 2:1-6,11-12

Solomon had been given a holy charge by God and his father David, and armed with determination, divine discretion, and wisdom, set out to serve His master’s will. King Hiram of Tyre, friend of David, recognized God’s hand on his successor, and pronounced a remarkable blessing on him: God Almighty had placed him on the throne because He loved His people Israel. What an affirmation! What a high calling! (1 Chronicles 22:7-12; 28:10,20; 29:25; 2 Chronicles 1:7-12)

The Cathedral Church of St. Philip, interior 2, Birmingham, England

Among whom has God placed me because He loves them? What unique calling have I received to build for Him in a place of work or community, to exalt Him in a relationship or family or neighborhood, to enlist others to participate in kingdom matters? Do I humbly accept my status and position as subservient to the indescribable Sovereign, my role to lead in such a way as to lift high His name and honor? How well does my work pay Him homage and point others to His greatness?

“A charge to keep I have,
a God to glorify,
a never-dying soul to save,
and fit it for the sky.

To serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow’rs engage
to do my Master’s will!

Arm me with watchful care
as in Thy sight to live,
and now Thy servant, Lord, prepare
a strict account to give!

Help me to watch and pray,
and still on Thee rely,
O let me not my trust betray,
but press to realms on high.”  ~Charles Wesley (1762)

Lord, help me accept every assignment from You as a privilege, and with vigor and excellence. May the way I serve You show others how much You love them.

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