David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep,
was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption (Acts 13: 36)
A vital lesson you need to learn from
his life is that each of us is born to serve his or her generation by doing the
things God approves. Your service to God is incomplete without your service to
men. If David served his generation by doing the will of God, then get ready to
do the same.
What does it mean to serve one’s generation? It is to provide men and
women, boys and girls you meet on the earth with something that is necessary or
useful through the help of the Holy Spirit. It is to share God’s riches inside you
with people that God has predestined you to be a blessing to. It is to meet the
needs of people around and beyond you using available resources without seeking
to be worshipped by anyone.
How Should I Serve My Generation?
1. Serve them your gifts: A gift is a natural ability that you are
born with. It is that thing that you are exceptionally good at doing. It
includes abilities such as singing, drawing, acting, administration, interior
decoration, teaching, event management, painting, creative writing etc.
God has given you at least one of such gifts and He expects you to use your
gifts to make the world a better place than you met it. He has made you His
minister and you are to administer His grace and gifts to your generation (1
Peter 4:10-11). You only have the duration of your life on earth to accomplish
this task. Wherever you are now, use your abilities for the glory of God.
2. Serve faithfully: To serve faithfully is to discharge your duties
to the best of our abilities and without murmuring or eye service. David served
his generation faithfully and sincerely. He began to serve his generation by
serving his father first. He ran errands for his father and took care of his
father’s sheep. He protected these animals with everything he had. He also
served his generation by running errands for King Saul and fighting wars for
Israel. He provided leadership for Israel. Whatever you have been assigned to
do in your home, school, workplace or church by your parents or superiors
please do it faithfully and sincerely.
3. Ask for divine direction and guidance: David never fought any battle
without consulting God first. He consulted God for two reasons: (1). To be sure
of God’s presence with Israel on the battlefield (1 Samuel 23:1-5). (2). To
receive strategies for winning a battle (2 Samuel 5:22-25). He never lost any
battle because he followed divine direction and guidance.
You need to seek God’s direction and guidance on where and how best to
use your natural abilities for the growth and development of members of your
generation beginning from your immediate environment. If you do this
consistently, you will become a solution provider and resourceful person to your
Pursue personal development: Please pay the price of becoming the
best of your God-given abilities by doing the following:
Read Inspired Books:
Spend your time, energy and resources wisely by buying or borrowing books
written by those who have enjoyed a significant measure of success in your area
of service. Study and search for the truths in them, meditate on, and practice
the truths they contain. You need the instructions and truths in them to
succeed in any area of life that you desire to succeed in and serve your
Get mentors: Mentors are influential persons
gifted with the ability to impart knowledge on a particular field of life to
those who seek it. They are the custodians of knowledge and time-tested truths
that had been acquired through prolonged years of studying and practice. They
are men and women of deep understanding.
God has placed
around you godly persons who have obtained what you are trying to obtain. Intentionally
submit yourself to the direct, personal, face-to-face counsel, instruction,
corrections and intimate exposure of these successful persons and apply their
secrets in your pursuits.
Be like Elisha who
learned all that he needed to learn from Elijah. He knew that his stay with
Elijah was but for a moment -it will not be forever. He maximized all the
moments he had with his teacher. He took nothing for granted. He followed
Elijah to the end and obtained what Elijah had to offer-his position and a double
portion of his influence.
Pursue further studies: Education, either formal or
informal will help you to develop your gifts and passions so that they can be used
to the maximum. It offers you an opportunity to meet with professionals in your
area of interest and rub minds with them. It provides you with a platform to learn
from them and be mentored by them. Please go back to school for further studies
if you can afford it.
a club or department in your church that brings out the best in you and allows
you to use your gifts freely. Use all the available internet facilities, radio
and television networks to showcase the riches of God in you. The whole world
needs your gifts, talents and skills. Please do not be stingy with them.
Benefits of Serving Your Generation
1. You would be at peace with yourself:
You were created with a particular set of talents, passions, and personality
traits to fulfill a specific purpose on earth. Life on earth would not be
meaningful to you until you discover the virtues that God has placed inside you
and use them to serve your generation. The discovery of these virtues and their
maximum utilization will help you attain fulfillment in life. You will need it
to be an accomplished member of the society.
2. You will add value to other
people's lives: God has blessed you with specific virtues not just for your
personal use but to be a blessing to other persons who need your giftings. Your
life is not yours. It is given to you so that you can be a blessing to the
people around and beyond you (1 Peter 4:10).
David maximized his gifts. He added value to the people of Israel who
were debtors, distressed and discontented and later became their captain.
Through the diverse training he gave to them, they became territorial
commanders and mighty men of valour (1 Sam 22:2; 2 Sam 18:1). God saw his
sincerity and promoted him to become the king of Israel (Psalm 78:70-72).
3. You will receive commendation and promotion
from God and man:
David was highly commended by God as a man after His own heart. He was
committed to doing God’s will everywhere he went (Acts 13:22). The Lord raised
him up to become a replacement for King Saul. He was also commended by the people
of Israel who saw his good works (1 Samuel 18:6-7, 14-16). If you serve your
generation sincerely, you will be commended and rewarded greatly by both God
and man (Matthew 25:20-23). Your good works will outlive you.
4. You will enjoy permanent greatness: You cannot be great if you are
not willing to serve. The greater the number of people you serve with your
gifts, the greater your influence and wealth (Proverb18:16, Matthew 20:26-27).
David’s wealth and influence grew from his home to the palace and to the entire
kingdom of Israel. Do all you can to serve as many persons as possible with your
You can’t serve God’s purpose for your life in any other generation
except your own. In all you do in your service to mankind ensure that you use your
gifts effectively by doing the things that God approves and your light will
shine brighter even to the ends of the earth.