The Gift of God’s Son

David was a doer. So naturally, he wanted to do something for God. His idea was to build God a temple. But God has something else in mind. So He sent Nathan the prophet to David with the following message…

“I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.” – 1 Chronicles 17:11-13

Although Solomon did succeed his father David and did build the temple, Nathan’s prophecy was ultimately not about Solomon but about Jesus. The writer of Hebrews points this out by quoting 1 Chronicles 17:13 in reference to Jesus. Hebrews 1:5 – “For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” God also said, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 

The big idea here is that God wants us to first receive the gift of His Son Jesus before we ever think of offering Him anything in return. This is so important because our worship should always flow out of a deep sense of gratitude, not a religious sense of obligation.  

What would you say is at the heart of your relationship with God, more of a sense of gratitude or obligation?
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