The following is from A. W. Tozer’s devotional book on Spiritual Leadership. It was a challenge to me and I thought maybe this would help some others as well.
Spiritual Leadership of Anointed Men
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption.
The life ideal was described by the apostle in the Book of Acts: “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep” (Acts 13:36).
We submit that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to improve upon this. It embraces the whole sphere of religion, appearing as it does in its three directions: God, the individual, society. Within that simple triangle all possible human activities are carried on. To each of us there can be but these three dimensions: God, myself, others. Beyond this we cannot go, nor should we even attempt to go. If we serve God according to His own will, and in doing so serve our generation, we shall have accomplished all that is possible for any human being.
David was smart enough to serve God and his generation before he fell asleep. To fall asleep before we have served our generation is nothing short of tragic. It is good to sleep at last, as all our honored fathers have done, but it is a moral calamity to sleep without having first labored to bless the world. No man has any right to die until he has put mankind in debt to him.
Lord, keep me faithful. Let me serve my present generation well, for Your glory, before You take me home. Amen.
—Tozer on Christian Leadership