"Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in.'" (1 Chronicles 17:4).

Has God ever told you "NO?" When David brought forth his good desire to build a house for the Lord in 1 Chronicles 17, God did just that. However, in saying "no", we see that God provided David with increased focus and the amazing opportunity to live into his God-given purpose as the conquering king (1 Chronicles 22:8). At the same time, God also created the space for David's son, Solomon, to be about his purpose as "a man of rest" and the one that would build the Lord's house (1 Chronicles 22:9-10).

How did David respond?

  • With Praise: "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?...There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have hears with our ears" (1 Chronicles 17:16;20).

  • With Focus: With renewed focus, we see David find freedom in his obedience to God's purpose. In the following chapters of 18, 19, and 20, David re-aligned his priorities with purpose and operated freely in better thing - the mission God had given him. 

  • With Excellence: While David was not purposed to build the temple, he embraced how God had uniquely gifted him to prepare his son and the nation of Israel to do so when he was gone. With excellence, he embraced his gifting and "provided materials in great quantity before his death" (1 Chronicles 22:5). 

How do you respond when God says "no?" ELI's Selfless Collaboration core value states, "We elevate God's work and others' interests above our own, so that by working together we will realize the greatest good" (1 Peter 4:10). As we start out week seven of the ELI journey, is what you're committed to both engaging your gifting and in recognition that God created us to operate in community? We were made to do this life together. A "no" for you may actually be an opportunity for others to step boldly into their "yes." Designed for a specific purpose, let's lead with praise, focus, and excellence in our workplaces this week; even in the struggle, we know that in Jesus we will overcome (John 16:33).

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." (Hebrews 12:1).