I just finished leading a study of the life of King David that took nearly two years to complete. We intentionally took our time, trying to learn as much as we could about David and the God he served.
At the very end of our study, I was searching for a way to summarize the man’s life in a way that was reasonably complete, and applicable to each life. Luckily, I didn’t have to search too long or even be very creative, for in the book of Acts, Paul provided exactly that for which I was looking.
“Now WHEN DAVID HAD SERVED GOD’S PURPOSE IN HIS OWN GENERATION, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed” (Acts 13:36; emphasis added).
That was how Paul summarized the life of the great king as he looked back on it centuries later. But, how can we take Paul’s summary and make it applicable to us today? Look again at the verse above. For the sake of application, remove the name of David and insert your own name in its place.
“Now when _____ had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
Friends, each and every one of us has a God-given purpose with which we are to serve our generation. Have you found it? Are you fulfilling it? It doesn’t matter if it’s not as grand as David’s. But you, yes YOU – like no other person on Earth – have particular contributions that you are to make to THIS generation. But, the clock is ticking…it won’t be long before we fall asleep, and are buried with our ancestors.
When that day comes, will those who follow us be able to say that we too, had SERVED – i.e., we’d completed, God’s purpose for our lives? –Dave
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