I pray that every day and every week you are “planning to obey God.” In our JG month on “purposeful planning,” we cannot overlook Solomon’s building of the temple. The record of this event is found in 1 Kings 5-7. Let’s notice a few points about this process from the wise man, Solomon.
·First, there was a goal, a vision. Leaders need a vision, an idea in their mind of future things that are important to accomplish for the Lord. Parents need a vision, a picture in their mind of the spirituality and workers that their children will become for the Lord. Individuals need a vision of what they want to become in knowledge, in personality, in character, in work for the Lord. Without a vision, most of us just drift along and deal with what life brings us instead of bringing to life what we believe the Lord would want.
·Second, there was a commitment. In 1 Kings 5:5, Solomon said, “I have purposed to build a house unto the name of the Lord…” A vision becomes just a ‘pipe dream,’ a whim, if there is no purpose to accomplish it. Many times we might wish we were something more or wish we would do something more, but do not form the commitment to follow through. Let’s make commitments to ourselves and to God to make our dreams visions we will accomplish.
·Third, there was a plan. We can set a goal and make a plan to reach it. Solomon’s plan was specific. It included the dimensions (1 Kings 6:3-17), the materials (1 Kgs. 5:6-7, 17-18), the workers (5:7-16) and more. Brothers and sisters, if our plan is too vague to put on paper with the details, it is too vague to carry out.
·Fourth, there was a beginning and an ending. They knew when the project was finished. That means there was a specific goal that was reachable and progress was measurable. If the goal is clear in our mind, we can measure our progress along the way. Our ultimate goal is heaven. Yet, with the Bible in hand, we can measure our progress in things like the fruit of the spirit (Gal. 5), the Christian graces (2 Pet. 1), our knowledge growth (1 Pet. 2:2), even our self-control (1 Cor. 9:24-27).
Folks, let’s plan to obey God.