Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.
This passage comes in the last two chapters of 1 Chronicles, which are subtitled “David’s Last Days.” As one of his last pieces of advice to his son Solomon, David tells him not to be afraid because God is with him. He tells Solomon to do the work, that is, to build the temple, because the foundation for the work has been laid, but Solomon has to complete it using the materials his father had stored up for him.
I think sometimes we need to just “do the work” no matter what, even in our fear. We need to heed this advice. No, we don’t have a Middle Eastern temple to build, but we can increase the quality of our bodies, which are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). The way we “do the work” and build up our temples is to abide in Jesus Christ (John 15). When we abide in Jesus Christ, it is not a passive idea, but we are actively and continuously pursuing Christ before everything else. In fact, we are seeking first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) in order to abide in God and produce much good fruit.
We can choose to live in such a way that we keep doing what we’ve always done. Or, we can choose to live without fear and abide in Jesus Christ so that we can live the abundant, full life we are supposed to be living through the promise of Jesus Christ (John 10:10).