1 Chronicles 22:5-6 David Charges Solomon
David said, "My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the LORD shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it." So David made ample preparations before his death. Then he called for his son Solomon, and charged him to build a house for the LORD God of Israel.
David gave his son the materials to succeed. He charged him to do the work. He raised Solomon to be a servant of God for a great and eternal work.
2 Timothy 2:1-2; 4:1-2 Paul Charges Timothy
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
Paul raised Timothy as a son and as a servant of God. He gave him the materials to succeed. He charged him to do to a great and eternal work.
David and Paul did not live trivial lives, and they did not expect their sons to live trivial lives. Trivial means "of little value or importance." They did not raise their sons to live for Self! Both fathers wore themselves out for the kingdom of God, and they prepared their sons to do the same thing.
Are you charging your children to work for God? Are persuading them that they are caught up in a great eternal work for God? Are you laying up materials for their success, or are you preparing them for nothing? By your preparation, what is ahead for your children, a life of eternal purpose or a life of trivial pursuit?
For me to live is Christ.