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Choose the greater good, for the betterment of the church, country, and our brothers

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said,”Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

Solomon answered, . . .”Now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”–I Kings 3:5-9.

What if the richest person were to say to you,”Ask for whatever you want and I will give it to you.”What would you ask for?Will you ask for$1,000,000, a new house, a car?Will you ask for sufficient money to travel around the world, or will you request enough money to live comfortable for the rest of your life?

There is a story about a rich person asking a young man the same question. He asked for a computer game. A computer game?Can you imagine, this individual was prepared to give him anything. Of all the things in the world, he asked for a computer game.

When God asked Solomon to request something from Him, Solomon’s request was simple, but yet meaningful and useful to his function as a king. The young king acknowledged his inadequacy. He acknowledged that he needed God.

In comparison to his father, David, he realized that he was small. Therefore, he displayed poverty in spirit. Poverty is the first of the deadly sins. It closes the heart and shuts us off from God and our fellowmen.

King Solomon displayed a child like spirit, a prerequisite to enter the kingdom of heaven. Give me a discerning heart to govern and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. Solomon could have thought about himself, but instead, he thought of the greater good.

What will you ask of God this year?Will you seek revenge against your enemies?

Will you look out for number one?Will you seek God’s grace and mercy for your neighbor?

The king put his selfishness aside so that he could walk in the way of the Lord and govern honestly like his father David,”a man after God’s own heart.”

This year, let us put aside our personal agenda and seek God’s direction for our lives. Let us think of the greater good. What can we do for our neighbors?

Will you use your talents to evangelize and point others to the cross of Jesus Christ?This is what God calls us to do.

God was pleased with Solomon’s response. Consequently, He gave him even more than he had requested. There is always abundance for those who serve God. Will you enjoy this abundance this year?Can God count on you to do the right thing?

Solomon was king. He had all the conveniences of a king: money, servants, an army and power. Yet, he still felt that his life was useless without God’s intervention.

God promised Solomon great gifts. As a result he became a great leader to his people. God has promised us great gifts in Christ so that we may lead people to Him.

During 2011, let us choose the greater good, for the betterment of the church, country, and our brothers. Let us be a light to the world and tell about the babe who came into this world, who grew into a man, who suffered and died for our sins and rose again to life so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. Amen.

Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 323-4107, or e-mail: lutheranchurch@coralwave.com : Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.

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