And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. (Act 13:22)
We have been discussing how to develop a heart after God’s as David had.
Again, please note God’s testimony about David. Pay particular attention to the phrase, “I have found David…”.
God did not GIVE David a heart after His so He could anoint him King, but rather FOUND David already had a heart after His, so He made him king!
If we wish to be used by God to the fullest, let us develop a heart for and like his so God can “find us” usable in His service.
We saw last time we needed to “Live a Cause – God”. Now we learn the next lesson in this phase of David’s young life.
Serve with Character Before God
Perform your duties conscientiously before God
And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle. (1Sa 17:20)
And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren. (1Sa 17:22)
In both the circumstances described in the verses above, David made sure his responsibilities were fulfilled. His job was to care for the sheep of his father. When acting upon his father’s instructions to go see about his brothers, he did not assume his dad would cover his responsibility, but instead made sure the sheep were adequately taken care for by a keeper. When having to leave the carriage to approach the troops, he made sure it would be protected in this war zone by a keeper.
A man or woman of character, living for the cause of Christ, will make sure they work responsively. It is important that we understand that we will all give an account to God for the jobs He gives to us.
In the case of our ministries, this means if we are assigned a task, we take ownership and make sure it is done, and done properly, and done completely. It means if we are assigned a place of service or ministry and we are detained and will be late or Providentially hindered, we will as soon as possible inform those we answer to and do our best to make sure the job is covered adequately so the work of God does not go lacking.
Performed your duties with a heart of humility (1 Sa 17:15)
But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem. (1Sa 17:15)
After his job of playing music for the most powerful man in the country, he did see himself “to good” or to be “above” going back to perform the most humble of jobs and positions in his time, the caring for sheep. In fact, David had already been anointed the next King of Isreal, and still he went back to the lowly job he knew was his.
He lived in humility. He understood as a leader, there are times we are the boss and that there are times and places where we are NOT the boss. Even as the next king and after serving in the presence of the king, he still knew how to do the most humble job and serve with a servant’s heart.
So, to develop a heart after God’s, Live a cause and live a life with character.
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