As we take another step into Pastor Brian Tome’s message, 2 Samuel 6:12 reveals King David was not a quitter. He was willing to do whatever it took to receive God’s blessing.
2 Samuel 6:12-13
12 Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration. 13 After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.
Did you catch that? David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf for every six steps taken by the men carrying the Ark. Think of the painstaking time and effort that it must have taken. But David was committed to do whatever was necessary to receive God’s blessing.
Wearing a priestly garment, David danced with all his might before the Lord. He and all the people of Israel shouted with joy and blew rams’ horns as the Ark was brought to the City of David. While it may seem like his were over the top, missing God’s blessing was not an option he would accept. Upon completion of his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He then gave every Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake.
The determination demonstrated by King David in this story is admirable. In our service to God (and man) as followers of Christ, giving it—whatever it is—our all honors God. The abilities and talents he has gifted us with are for his glory and his purpose. Becoming his instrument is a process, an honorable process! As we allow him to make us a holy vessel—his vessel—blessings will flow to us and through us.
When I choose to regard every possession with my name on it as truly belonging to God, based on his generosity to me, my heart is full of contentment. Consequently, the words of Jesus, spoken in Matthew 6, become a lifestyle of choice.
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth …”
20 “Store your treasures in heaven …”
21 “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
What amount of effort are you willing to exert to be a blessing to others? Do you bless others intentionally? What steps might you take to be a blessing to others?
List steps to take to ensure success. Examine your work ethic. Examine your motives. Contrast your work ethic and your motives against God’s word.
Heavenly Father, thank you for surrounding me with your love. I want to be a vessel of your love. Show me the areas of weakness in my character that keep me from being a blessing to others. Create in me a generous heart. Fill me, again this day, with your Holy Spirit to be sensitive to the spiritual needs, physical needs, and emotional needs of others. It is my hope to graciously share your generosity to me with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Karen Peck. Karen retired in March 2018 from Lucas County Information Services. She has been married over forty years. Karen rejoices over God’s faithfulness and God’s patience in her life and in her marriage. Nothing matters more to Karen than her relationship with God and her entire family. Her immeasurable faith in Christ and His ability to restore the broken runs deep within.
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