walk in the word
“The outward man is perishing, but the inward man is being renewed day by day.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16
As we’ve worked through this series, “Ordinary You; Extraordinary God,” we’ve seen over and again how regular David was. His faith was ordinary, his friends were ordinary, his failure was ordinary. The only thing amazing about him—was God. God was extraordinary through David. We’re a lot like David. We’re all just regular people, living pretty regular lives, with regular gifts and abilities. But God wants to do phenomenal things through us even in our “regular-ness.” Are you surprised by that?
Sometimes we think extraordinary = big stuff. You know—the crisis, the colossal, the cataclysmic. But in the final message in this series, we’ll focus on five ordinary problems from David’s life: grief, conflict, family problems, prosperity, and death. As we talk about them, you’re going to be like, “Oh, I can identify with that!” We’re going to look at how David dealt with each of them, how God worked through him, and how He wants to transform ordinary problems in our lives into extraordinary opportunities. We’ll focus today on one of the five, the final problem for all of us.
We surveyed a hundred people on this question: How many of us are going to die? Amazingly, the results were 100%. Everyone is going to die eventually. True or false? Obviously it’s true, yet most people live like it’s not coming. Well, it’s coming. The older you get the more you realize—it’s coming. “The outward man is perishing,” 2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “but the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
David had to face this very ordinary problem just like the rest of us. Different Scriptures capture his final days:
“Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm.”
1 Kings 1:1-4
“David’s time to die drew near, so he commanded Solomon his son, saying, ‘I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, …show yourself a man, …keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways.’” 1 Kings 2:1
“Then David slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.”1 Kings 2:10
Hey, it’s coming. It really is. None of us are going to be here forever.
Did you notice David’s last words? To his son Solomon, he said, Be faithful to the Lord. Walk in His ways. The older you get, the more concerned you are about what you’re leaving behind you. I’m not talking about things. Nobody ever says on his deathbed, ‘I wish I had more stuff’ or ‘I wish I would have spent more time at the office.’ Instead we think, ‘What have I taught my kids about living for the Lord?’ David faced this, too.
Acts 13:36 says, “…David, after he had served the purposes of God in his generation, fell asleep…”
Isn’t that phenomenal? What else do you want for you life?
After James had served the purposes of God in his generation, he fell asleep.
After Mark had served the purposes of God in his generation, he fell asleep.
After Beth has served the purposes of God in her generation, she fell asleep.
What else could you want? What else could there be in life but to live for God and serve and work for Him and then to go be with Him forever?
If there’s one thing I’ve learned through this whole series it is that David was just an ordinary guy; he wasn’t proud of every chapter in his book. He didn’t delight in everything on every page, but when he fell he got up again. Do you know what the major lesson is we can learn from how he died? Think back to one of David’s more famous Psalms. You probably know it by heart. In Psalm 23:4 he wrote, “…though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” Why? Because “You are with me.” That’s the summary of David’s life right there. God was with him. At the end of the day, that’s the life we have to pursue. An ordinary life lived for God in His strength equals extraordinary.
May God seal that significant message to your heart. Don’t spend another moment working to show people how important or special or somehow unique you are. By faith, believe that as a regular person, if anything praiseworthy or lasting or eternal comes from your life, it will be because of what God has done in you and through you.
The best you know how, invite God to walk with you today through the ordinary problems and issues that you face. And as time marches on and the reality of eternity gets closer, purpose in your heart to number your days, that you might apply yourself to wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
Ordinary David? Yes. But wouldn’t it be phenomenal to have the kind of relationship David had with God? Might we too press ahead for God in these ordinary lives, sustained and strengthened by His grace and for His glory.
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