Monday, April 16, 2012
Welcome to Day 106 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Samuel 18:12 “Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with David but had departed from Saul.”
1 Chronicles 6, yet another genealogy of the Levites.
Psalm 11, a psalm of refuge.
Matthew 3:13 “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Here’s the situation between Saul and David… Saul was disobedient and was rejected as King by the LORD. David has been anointed as King, although he has yet to realize his future role. In the meantime, David was invited into the King’s service to play the harp for him. Fast forward to David slaying Goliath then rising to immediate fame, surpassing Saul in that regard.
Not to mention that David and a few others killed 200 Philistines just for their, ummm… foreskins. (Saul required 100 for David to marry his daughter… hoping that David would be killed in the process. No such luck.
This only solidified David’s celebrity with people cheering, “Saul has killed his thousands, but David his TEN thousands!” Ouch.
Now Saul hates David… Everyone around Saul loves David. His own son, Jonathan, loves David. His attendants love David, his daughters… the people.
Saul is considering pegging David to the wall with a spear… as David is playing the lyre for him, but David managed to elude him.
All that having been said, it makes me think of when David says that he would not harm God’s anointed… even when he had the chance. Saul’s reaction to that is pretty amazing, too… But we’ll get to that in the next week or so… Regardless of how Saul treated David, David refused to strike against him.
There’s a great lesson to be learned here…
Interesting situation between Saul and David. Saul recognizes that David is anointed… But instead of embracing David, taking him under his wing, he feels threatened by him.
In ministry, we are called to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” (Ephesians 4) Called to empower those around us that God is raising up.
Where the rubber meets the road is when they succeed, even outshine us.
That IS the point. To see people outshine us… To see them succeed at what God is calling them to do…
I can either embrace them and promote them, or, out of spite, jealousy, fear, insecurity… hold them back…
While this mindset may be challenging, especially at one’s secular job, it’s still a great principle to live by. To see others succeed around us, to find satisfaction and gratification by investing ourselves in others.
I happen to love doing this. I feel very good when the spotlight leaves me and shines on those around me.
But still… deep down inside of all of us, (I think this is a safe assumption on my part) there’s still that tendency to protect our position, to keep the spotlight on ourselves… the “what ifs” creep in… They may be younger, cooler, very talented, have a few great moments that feed one’s insecurities.
Instead of managing the “what ifs” it’s important to embrace the value of raising up those around us. I believe that value (regardless of our internal struggles) outweighs the negative feelings that may rear their ugly head along the way…
Does that make sense?
Bottom line, we’re all human… But making the choice to build others up and see them succeed is a great way to live life!
May I always be used to build others up… to see them succeed. I’d love to be known for THAT!