When Assessing One’s Lifework 2 Sam. 5:9-12; 7:1-5, 8-11,18-21, Nov. 11-09-08
This week a man who became a Christian later in life said, “I wasted many years, and wish I could go back and redo most of what I did.” That is often the testimony of one in a similar situation. However many Christians can look over their life and say, “I became a Christian early in life and He guided me all of my life and there is very little I would change.” I wish everyone could give a good testimony When Assessing One’s Lifework.
1. When Assessing One’s Lifework Evaluate The . . Approval Of God. 2 Sam. 5:9-10
A. The Approval Of God In His . . Presence. 2 Sam. 5:9-10
9 David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the
way around from the supporting terraces inward. 10 David became more and more powerful, and the Lord God of Hosts was with him.
B. The Approval Of God In His. . Prevalence. 2 Sam. 5:11-12
11 King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David; he also sent cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 12 Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
The presence of God in our daily lives will make a major difference as we evaluate our lives. If He has guided, and we have followed, there will be a decided difference. We should ask “how prevalent has He been in our choices, actions, and accomplishments?” If He becomes the guiding force in our lives the end result will paint a beautiful picture.
2. When Assessing One’s Lifework Evaluate Your . . Appreciation Of God. 2 Sam. 7:1-5
A. Evaluate Your Appreciation For The . . Things Of God. 7:1-2
1When the king had settled into his palace and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, "Look, I am living in a cedar house while the ark of God sits inside tent curtains."
B. Evaluate Your Appreciation For The . . Truth Of God. 7:3-5
3 So Nathan told the king, "Go and do all that is on your heart, for the Lord is with you."
4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5 "Go to My servant David and say, 'This is what the
Lord says: Are you to build a house for Me to live in?
How much do we really appreciate the things of God? Do we take His actions on our behalf for granted?
In my life I know there have been times I asked God for a particular blessing; He gave it and much later I gave thanks. Suppose you really want to do something for the Lord and it seems to be right. Like David you get your mind set on doing a particular act for God but then God reveals He doesn’t want you doing it for Him. Does the truth hurt? I would say initially it could but eventually we will appreciate the truth from Him.
3. When Assessing One’s Lifework Evaluate Your . . Advancement With God. 2 Sam. 7:8-11
A. Evaluate Your Advancement By The . . Choice Of God. 7:8-9a
8 "Now this is what you are to say to My servant David: 'This is what the Lord of Hosts says: I took
you from the pasture and from following the sheep to be ruler over My people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.”
B. Evaluate Your Advancement By The . . Construction Of God. 7:9b-11
“. . . I will make a name for you like that of the greatest in the land. 10 I will establish a place for My
people Israel and plant them, so that they may live there and not be disturbed again. Evildoers will not afflict
them as they have done 11 ever since the day I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies.
Where did God take you from? Some will possess a very dramatic testimony. David went from shepherd boy to king. Why? It boils down to the choice of God. What did or will God make of your life? Sometimes we think we know what God desires to accomplish in out lives, and we discover He moved in a different direction. If we look back we see His construction and it is marvelous to behold. He took me from a broken home and the streets of St. Louis and made me a preacher of the gospel. Some of my old friends stand amazed.
4. When Assessing One’s Lifework Evaluate Your . . Acknowledgment Of God. 2 Sam. 7:18-21
A. Evaluate Your Acknowledgment Of God’s . . Working In Your Life. 7:18-19
18 Then King David went in, sat in the Lord's presence, and said, "Who am I, Lord God, and what is
my house that You have brought me this far? 19 What You have done so far was a little thing to You, Lord God,
for You have also spoken about Your servant's house in the distant future. And this is a revelation for mankind, Lord God.
B. Evaluate Your Acknowledgment Of God’s . . Will In Your Life. 7:20-21
20 What more can David say to You? You know Your servant, Lord God. 21 Because of Your word
and according to Your will, You have revealed all these great things to Your servant. HCSB
David acknowledged the working of God in his life. He questioned why God would be so good to him, and project his name off into the future. He admitted it was a work of God. My grand children say, “it was a God Thing!” If it involves the work of God it will also be the “will” of God. David acknowledged he could sum up
the good of his life as the work and will of God. Hopefully When Assessing One’s Lifework we will speak similar thoughts. Amen? Amen!