1 Chronicles 22:5 (NASB) David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death.

In every job that I have worked in my life I have received some sort of training to prepare me for the work. This training didn’t cover everything; however, they covered the basics. If something new came up then someone with the necessary experience gave instruction for the task. David could have sat back on his accomplishments with satisfaction and let Solomon fend for himself. David could have said that he didn’t have anyone prepare his way so Solomon can do it himself with on the job training and figure it all out on his own. It could be said that David is entering the discipleship process because he is instructing Solomon in what he needs to do. Are we preparing the next generation spiritually so that they might be able to stand up for Christ no matter what they might have to endure? Many will state that this is the job of the preacher, the Sunday school teacher, or youth leader. I beg to differ with you. May we hear the challenge that Moses gave Israel as they were going into the Promise Land in Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NASB) 18 “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 19 You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.” Every aspect of my life ought to illustrate the ways of Jesus so that I might lead and teach those around me in the ways of Christ. You might remember that Jesus called upon us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Are you preparing someone to follow Jesus? If not then gather your children, grandchildren, neighbors, friends, or co-workers and teach them to walk in Christ. If they are left to figure it out on their own then they might choose the wrong path. We must make preparations for the next generation.


Marcus Riggs


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