What’s In It For Me? (Life Journal – 5/14/2015)


David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death. (1 Chronicles 22:5)


– David wanted to build the Lord’s house but God said “No.’ (2 Samuel 7)
– David instead prepares the material to be used
– Solomon’s youth and inexperience are not up to the challenge he will face and David knows this
– David makes extensive (The Amplified Bible says “abundantly”)


This story is hard for me – I admit it. I am so often desirous of recognition and so bereft of humility that I want to succeed. I want to be recognized. I am reminded of that scene from “Field of Dreams” when Ray Kisella says “I did it all. I listened to the voices, I did what they told me, and not once did I ask what’s in it for me.” Shoeless Joe Jacksom responds “What are you saying, Ray?” And Ray confesses “I’m saying, what’s in it for field_of_dreamsme?”

Too often that is my question “God, what’s in it for me?” More often we are preparing what someone will do after us – a doing that no one may remember was ours to prepare. After all, who calls it “the Temple of David?” No one. It is “the Temple of Solomon.”

To hear God’s voice, to follow God’s prompting means ultimately that someone else must get the credit. Usually another person. And always God and the Savior who says ‘Follow me.’


O Generous God, today let me prepare for who will follow me – to invest in those things that will leave an abundant preparation for another generation, another leader, another follower of your Son. May I not ask – as much as I want to – “What’s in it for me?” but rather “What would you have me do, Lord?’ Amen.

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