Helpful Handovers

I often find it difficult to gauge how honest I should be

1 Kings 2:1-46

Reference: “and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” 1 Kings‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’ve left a couple of jobs in my time for various reasons. If there has already been people assigned to take over my role I have had to go through a hand-over period.

One time I had someone mirror me for a week before handing over. Another person just needed a lengthy meeting to go through all the details.

I often find it difficult to gauge how honest I should be. On the one hand I want to prepare them for all the ins and outs of the job, but on the other hand, they need to learn and experience it in the way they would like to take over.

Application: King David handed his kingdom over to his son Solomon. While it seems Solomon had already held the position of power for his elderly father for quite some time, there was official advice given by David to his son.

David was known for his wisdom and he displayed this right up until he died.

He started by instructing Solomon to be strong and follow God. Not a bad way to start a handing-over speech!

In fact, the whole first half is about getting yourself right with God. That was what David chose to instil in his son before he left forever.

We can hear that advice for ourselves too. You have a strength within you that can do remarkable things. Don’t let it go to waste.

Stay focussed on God, because when you are you will go further and deeper than you ever thought possible.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the advice You give to us through Your word. May we heed Your advice and stay true to Your calling on our lives. Amen.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.