Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
(II Samuel 7:1-3)
David had it in his heart to build a house for God. David saw that the ark of God dwelled in a tent, so David desired to do something good for God. But God soon informs David that David is not doing something for God. God is doing something for David!
But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house…have I ever spoke a word to anyone…saying, “Why have you not built Me a house?” …The Lord tells you that He will make you a house.”
II Samuel 7:1-17 NKJV
God takes this time to make a covenant with David. And a question popped into my mind…
How often do people do ministry solely under the impression that they are doing something for God? As if God was in need of anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. (Acts 17:25) How often must God remind us of the things He is doing for us? (Luke 18:29-30)
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was a small thing in Your sight, O Lord God; and You have also spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come. Is this the manner of man, O Lord God? Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord God, know Your servant. For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them. Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
II Samuel 7:18-22
When we do ministry, we don’t simply do things for God, God is doing things for us! God is doing things for our neighbors and loved-ones. God is doing something for the world. And it is something great! We ought to be full of gratitude!
Though we may accurately identify ourselves as servants of God, we must not forget that, ultimately, we are being served and blessed by Him! (Luke 12:37)