2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
“Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’” vs. 3
King David, having defeated his enemies, has settled down in Jerusalem in a fine house. In thanksgiving he decides to build an even bigger house for the Lord and the palace prophet Nathan told him to do whatever he wanted. Later Nathan has a change of heart and tells his king the Lord really doesn’t need a house–never did, never will! In fact, he says, the Lord will make a house for David, one that will last forever. There’s a pretty obvious lesson in Nathan’s argument. For some reason a lot of folks put a lot of stock in the houses that they build or buy during their time on earth. The religious even pool their funds and build magnificent and beautiful churches, thinking perhaps that such edifices are pleasing to God. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact it’s quite a ridiculous notion, this idea we have of building a house for God. Everyone knows that God can’t be confined to a building. Equally foolish is the idea that our structures of brick and mortar will somehow be our legacy in this world. Those who build or buy big houses seldom live in them for very long. How much better it is to invest in people! When we spend ourselves nurturing and loving family and friends they become our legacy and our stewardship will have lasting value–and we will be a blessing for centuries, if not forever.
Thought for the Day: What will be my legacy?