Day 6: Shark Tank

The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. (1 Chronicles 29:9 NIV)

On the hit television show Shark Tank, aspiring entrepreneurs who believe they have great ideas make presentations to a panel of investors (sharks) who then choose whether to invest as business partners. If a deal is struck, the sharks come alongside the entrepreneurs and invest their own time, talent, and financial resources in hopes of a great return on their investment.

In the chapters leading up to the verse above, we learn that God had given Solomon the massive responsibility to build the first permanent temple. However willing Solomon was, he was also young and inexperienced. Much like the investors on Shark Tank, David came alongside the young Solomon, counseling him to be strong and courageous. David helped him by providing the plans, pouring in his own financial resources, and encouraging Solomon to begin the work. David took it a step further by calling the leaders of Israel together and making his own presentation, explaining the importance of the project and challenging them to invest their time, talents, and financial resources. In response to their leader’s generous investments, the people of Israel rejoiced and joined in to finish the temple. Early acts of selfless leadership and generosity can be offerings God uses to lead others to join in.

God is still at work, calling modern-day Solomons to tasks that are much greater than they can accomplish on their own.

~Joe Park

Is there a leader or ministry that needs someone with your time, talent, or financial resources to come alongside them to accomplish something great for God? Is God calling you to be a “shark” and inspire others to do the same? Are you willing to pray for and follow God’s leading?

Pray and ask God to show you where your leadership, your time, your money, and/or your wisdom might inspire others to join in what God is already doing.

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