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God's Choice - A person, not a place

1 Kings 8:15-16
"Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his own hand has fulfilled what he promised with his own mouth to my father David. For he said, 16 'Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built for my Name to be there, but I have chosen David to rule my people Israel.'

Since the exodus and the building of the tabernacle, there as been no permanent location for the nation to gather for worship. Even under the Joshua and the judges that followed there was no specific structure built to be the central gathering place. As a theocracy, I would think that the first issue would have been to establish a permanent place for worship around which to build the nation. Instead, God waited to find a leader.

Although the desire for a king came from the people, we know that God chose David to lead and unify the nation. David then chose the location of his throne. This is an interesting idea for me as a church planter. I felt like I chose Irvine because of what I felt God wanted to do in this city. This passage suggests that it doesn't matter so much about the location as much as the fact that God chose me to shepherd and to lead people.

This has implications for the way we develop leaders. It isn't about the "places" of ministry (programs and needs) in a local church as much as it is identifying those God has chosen to lead and serve a people. It's not always about the need, whether it's a place for God's or in our case a kind of ministry or program. It always about finding the right people first, to whom He will give specific directions on how to serve the need.

Lord, help me look for the right people who you then will put in the right place.

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