To implement any worthwhile project, you should define the right purpose, engage the right people, with the right abilities, gather the right resources, and allocate the right amount of time. We find in 1 Chronicles chapter 22 that as King David was about to die, he charged his son Solomon to erect the Temple where God could be worshiped. In giving his charge David listed the resources he had gathered to build the Temple. We read this: “I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the Lord—nearly 4,000 tons of gold, 40,000 tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered timber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more. You have a large number of skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind. You have expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron.” David also told his son God had created peace with other nations. So Solomon had the right purpose, people, resources, timing, and location. All he needed was the passion to get the job done. So as we make plans for God’s Kingdom work, we might ponder the guidance David gave his son.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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