1 Chronicles 29:10-22 (Part 2) – Satan Loves Chaise Lounge Chair Christians!

Posted: June 26, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 29:10-22 (Part 2 of 2)

David Crowns Solomon as King

Opening Illustration/Comments

This morning and pretty much all week this week, the Lord has impressed upon my heart the idea of, in colloquial terms, “you gotta wanna!” You gotta wanna means that you have to do more than desire something you have got to want it bad enough to do something about it. My sermon this Sunday will be about the beatitude, “Blessed are those you hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled!” Not to spoil it for those who will read this plus be there in-person or online to hear my sermon on Sunday but there is this idea of action vs. inaction. Then, I read this morning the following quote in a blog by another blogger by the name of Bill Rice which drives home the point that God has put on my heart for Sunday’s sermon. I call it God’s synchronicity. That’s when God gives me the same message from multiple sources and it’s all about the same thing. Here’s what Bill Rice had to say:

“What must a sinner do to go to hell? Nothing. If he does nothing, his inaction is the “action” that will send him to a Christ-less eternity. What must you do to send such a person to hell? Literally, nothing.

What must you do for evil to triumph, in your own heart or in your own house and even your own church? Nothing! The truth is, passivity is not innocence. “But I didn’t do anything!” is not an excuse. Doing nothing is not the same as doing right.

You may be tempted to not do what you should do today because of foes or fears; but when you act on what God has said, His hand will be on you.”

Inaction is an action. In church life, that can take many forms. It can be a leader deferring decisions to a committee so that no decision will have to be made. It can be deciding in a committee or a ministry group to defer making a decision to the next meeting so that making a decision might get forgotten by the time the next meeting rolls around. Inaction can take the form of not showing up – thinking someone else will do the job so you don’t have to. Inaction can take the form of waiting for the pastor to tell you what to do instead of taking ownership of your leadership of a ministry. Inaction can take the form of saying that we should do something but never doing the work required to pull it off. Inaction can take the form of saying that you support something but never really stepping forward to put hands and feet to it. You gotta wanna. That’s the danger in church today is simply inaction. We often think of ourselves as being benevolent to the world around us but never really doing anything to show it. Inaction leads us to think we are hands and feet churches but really we are content to be chaise lounge churches. Inaction provides the reality that we would rather just be served than to actually serve. We would rather write a check and send it off in an envelope than actually put our hands in the dirt and shoes on the ground. Inaction leads us to wonder why no new people come to our churches. When we hide behind checks sent off in the mail, we can’t be known personally to the people we are trying to help. You gotta wanna be the hands and feet of Christ to change the world. Inaction is the lack of activity. Inaction is sitting and waiting for people in need to come to your door. Inaction is wishing for your church to be impactful in the community but doing nothing. Inaction is being satisfied with church being about Sunday morning and maybe an occasional Bible study. Inaction is convenience. Inaction is not leaving my comfort zone.

That’s the idea to contend with this morning. You gotta wanna. You gotta wanna means that we have a desire to serve the Lord even when it means going beyond your comfort zone. You gotta wanna means that the desire to serve the Lord is overriding our fears, overriding our sense of what’s convenient, overriding what entertains me, overriding what is the easiest path. When we desire, truly desire, to serve the Lord, we must be willing to do whatever he calls us to do individually as Christ followers and collectively as churches. Having that desire is what David is talking about here. It is you gotta wanna that I want you to consider as we read 1 Chronicles 29:10-22 this morning:

Scripture Passage

10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a] may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

16 “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.

18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. 19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

Solomon Named as King

21 The next day they brought 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 male lambs as burnt offerings to the Lord. They also brought liquid offerings and many other sacrifices on behalf of all Israel. 22 They feasted and drank in the Lord’s presence with great joy that day.

And again they crowned David’s son Solomon as their new king. They anointed him before the Lord as their leader, and they anointed Zadok as priest.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that David makes reference to a “wholehearted desire to obey”. In that statement, he means that Solomon should be entirely dedicated to God. This idea of wholehearted desire to be all-in for God is what David prayed for Solomon – that he would, above all else, desire to serve God. It is often that we desire to serve God but when it comes down to it, we must have the “want to”, that “you gotta wanna”, that inner drive to want to serve the Lord. Are we “you gotta wanna” Christ followers? Are we “you gotta wanna” churches?

Life Application

Let us prayerfully consider what has be said here this morning. Too often, when we hear such in your face words from God as this one, we say that it is intended for someone else. It is not about me. When we hear a sermon that is a call to move from inaction to action, a call to have a true desire to serve the Lord, a call to be hands and feet Christ followers instead of chaise lounge Christ followers, the sermon is intended for others and not me. But let us prayerfully consider these words as they apply to me, to us, individually and to the churches that we are a part of. Are we willing to do what it takes to expand the kingdom of God. It’s not somebody else’s job. It is our church’s job. It is our job within our churches. If we are committee leaders, if we are ministry leaders, we need to take ownership of our ministries and committees. If we do not have the fire in our bellies for these ministries, maybe we should prayerfully consider making way for those who DO have fire in their bellies. How dedicated are we to expanded God’s kingdom through the leadership positions that God has placed us in. Is it a nice title or is it a passion?

David is calling Solomon to be all-in for God. David is calling Solomon to love the Lord above all else. David is calling Solomon to be obedient to God in whatever God calls him to do – even if it is hard and even if it is seemingly beyond his ability. Let us be Christ followers who are all-in. Let us be all-in churches. Let us not be satisfied into inaction. Let us not be satisfied that we have arrived – as Christ followers and as churches. Let us be you gotta wanna Christians and you gotta wanna churches. Let us pray that God will stir us from inaction to action. Let us pray that God will put our feet to the pavement and our hands in the dirt. Let us pray that God will draw us to that which is inconvenient, that which is hard, that which is not easy. Let us pray that we read this and not just think it is a great word but that it applies to somebody else. Let us pray that this word hits us square in the eye and moves us beyond inaction to action. Let us pray that we see a revival in our churches that gets us out of the pews into the streets spreading the gospel and making a difference in the eternities of our communities. Let us be all-in for doing what God calls us to do. Let us be you gotta wanna! The Temple to build is the expansion of the kingdom. That’s our temple to build. Give us wholehearted desire! Give us you gotta wanna!

Amen and Amen.

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