Serving Saul

"And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So, Saul was refreshed and was well..." (1 Samuel 16:23 ESV)

Just think… David: God's true and anointed king at 18 years old was brought into the service of a man who no longer had the endorsement of God. He was ungodly, insecure, bitter, jealous and seriously mentally ill. He had lost all his qualification for leadership. Yet, David submitted himself as a servant to a has-been king. Notice, when Saul acted harmfully, David responded lovingly. Part of God’s preparation for David was to work under an unfit and unfair boss. However, David's responses were critical to his future. God was teaching David how to thrive and survive under poor leadership. Those who are destined by God to do great things don't get to choose their assignment. They must simply embrace it. A Godly assignment will be both a field and furnace. It will be a place of productivity for you, but it will also be a place where God is producing something in you. Joseph learned the same lessons working under His Egyptian slave owner Potifar. Yet, because of Joseph's faithfulness and patience, he prospered in all he set his hand to do and eventually was promoted to be Prince of Egypt. Leaders who become anything of substance at some point have learned to serve under unfair and possibly even toxic leaders. Young leader: be patient, faithful, humble, and fully wait on God's timing. Your honor for bad, even terrible leaders, and serving and responding to them in a humble manner will set you up for promotion later. God sees all! Don't delay or derail your destiny by acting rashly out of anger or rebellion. Be certain, on the road to becoming king you may have to serve a few Sauls along the way.

I Blew It Big Time

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12 ESV)

I’m so thankful God’s grace is ever toward and for me. I’m not perfect. I’ve blown it big, got it wrong, been arrogant, acted like I was the authority on the matter, and actually believed my theology trumped everyone else’s insight. I admit, I’m passionate about the revelations God has given me and have very strong and Biblically founded convictions about what I believe. However, I want to be careful not come across smug when I feel the need to advise others as to what they should believe or not believe and do or not do. Nor do I want to be passive aggressive in directing my posts to others I disagree with on social media. I am not THE example of flawless ministry or preaching. I desire to share my heart and what God’s grace has done in my life to help and encourage others. It isn’t my calling or assignment to bring correction to the church, Bible teachers, pastors, and ministry leaders. The sure way we can tell that grace has affected our lives is not in the way we respond to those who agree with us, but in the way we respond and treat those who disagree with us. The bottom line is I don’t know God’s grace more than anyone else. I NEED God’s grace more than anyone else. I hope to make this my motivation moving forward as I continue to share the grace that is found only Jesus Christ while honoring and respecting others opinions and viewpoints. I want to be able to say like the apostle Paul, "Even though I haven’t obtained perfection, I keep moving forward to all Christ has for me, knowing all the while that I forever belong to him."