1 Samuel 15 34-16 13
Acts 9 1-15
A few questions to start with
How do we choose those who lead us, our leaders?
Those we vote for, how do you decide who will make a good leader of this country?
Those we work for, how do you decide this will be a good boss?
Our Church leaders, how do you decide this is a good church leader?
So Old, young, good looking, charismatic, educated, healthy, sporty, family, connections?
How did God choose?
Unsure but trusting
Needy and weak
There faith he looked into there inner being
Not the strong and confident but the weak and unsure – look at his disciples as well as others God has picked through the bible
Age and sex is no barrier, again we have Abram and Noah as well as Ruth and Debora.
So what were the attributes of David and Saul?
Young, low down pecking order the Message says ‘ “Well, yes, there’s the runt. But he’s out tending the sheep.”
Just a shepherd boy, which means he got the night shift and the worse jobs; insignificant;
Aggressive for God, in a wrong way!
Faith in what he had been taught; brought as a Jew
Party to murder.
Shall we can look at these different leaders and see what we can learn?
But God saw that David had future growth in him, he had no pretentions of his own and could be lead and taught.
David had much to do before he became the leader God wanted, he had giants to slay and hardships to endure, we will hear about them in the next weeks.
However like all of us he still turned out floored in the future as his own desires took control and we will see that in the coming weeks.
Here Samuel had to learn that his idea of a good leader wasn’t God’s, but he obeyed and anointed David.
Prepare yourselves, be consecrated, and join me in worship.” He made sure Jesse and his sons were also consecrated and called to worship.
6 When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Here he is! God’s anointed!”
But that wasn’t to be was it – 7 But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”
Isn’t it encouraging that even a great prophet like Samuel can be wrong?
As one by one the sons were eliminated, sounds like a reality show doesn’t it, we get to the end and no ones left [not like a TV show after all then] until the joker is pulled out of the bag and Samuel is told there is one left. [Rather than Simon Caowls choice we have the caretakers]
“Go get him. We’re not moving from this spot until he’s here.”
12 Jesse sent for him. He was brought in, the very picture of health— bright-eyed, good-looking.
God said, “Up on your feet! Anoint him! This is the one.” A surprising result here, taking them all by surprise.
13 Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
One does wonder what the rest of the family thought about this, all the elder brothers had been rejected for this blessing and none of them had any idea what it was for, also it would be normal for the eldest to be the one blessed in this type of service. [using our tv show again all the favourites have been rejected and there is no one left to do the show]
So David was blessed and as we will find out people could tell he had been. It would be quite a while before David knew what God had in store for him.
Saul started out with his own ideas of what God wanted, and was very aggressive in implementing them.
He was there at Stephens’s murder and looked for the chance to kill more of those who followed this cult.
He however had a heart of faith even if he was on the wrong track, as the story says when he heard “Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?”
5-6He said, “Who are you, Master?”
“I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you’ll be told what to do next.”
His faith meant he recognised Gods voice and trusted in it even though he was blind.
He ended up being one of the most important leaders of the young Church of Christ.
10There was a disciple in Damascus by the name of Ananias. The Master spoke to him in a vision: “Ananias.”
“Yes, Master?” he answered.
11-12”Get up and go over to Straight Avenue. Ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus. His name is Saul. He’s there praying. He has just had a dream in which he saw a man named Ananias enter the house and lay hands on him so he could see again.”
13-14Ananias protested, “Master, you can’t be serious. Everybody’s talking about this man and the terrible things he’s been doing, his reign of terror against your people in Jerusalem! And now he’s shown up here with papers from the Chief Priest that give him license to do the same to us.”
15-16But the Master said, “Don’t argue. Go! I have picked him as my personal representative to non-Jews and kings and Jews.
Yet another leader, this one doubted Gods word to him and did go eventually.
Would you not question going to see a killer
These are only a few examples of the Way God sees people and picks them to lead.
So what does this all mean for us?
- We need to look beyond the obvious when looking for leaders or people to put in charge.
- You need to remember that you might be the person God wants to lead or help with a project even if you don’t think you are
- Be open to change and to learn
- It might be years before your calling comes to fruition.
- Be careful of judging who God wants you to bless as a leader, He always knows best so listen.
- When looking at whom to vote for etc, pay attention to more than there outward abilities and looks, ask God
- Leaders, even those chosen by God can get it wrong and in a big way.
- The fact that you aren’t perfect doesn’t mean God will not use you.
- The fact that you have messed up doesn’t mean God can’t use you.
- God looks deep within you, He knows all about you even your secrets, and He will still want to use you for His plans if you will let Him.
- God can use the youngest, weakest, unhealthiest, oldest, man or woman as well as those with the greatest faith, physical looks and strength.
- God has long term plans and will alter/replace the person doing them if they give up on Him. So don’t give up keep the faith and trust in His grace and mercy.
- You need the Spirit’s blessing to do anything for God.
Lets spend a few moments just thinking about that.
Let’s ask God to show us His plans for us, in prayer.
Father God we give ourselves wholly to you now.
We want to follow the path you have for us, to lead the things you want us to be involved in.
To be blessed as David was so others can see it in us.
The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.
So come Lord Jesus send your Holy Spirit to fill us enter us empower and bless us to your work.
And the people say Amen