Once upon a time, there were two kings. Both were chosen by God to rule and reign over His people. Both were anointed to do so. One fell away from God and the other one (though imperfectly) fulfilled his assignment and remained in right standing with God.
I’m sure you by now you know who I am talking about; the first and second kings of Israel, Saul and David. When you study the lives of these two kings, you find that they had some things in common. God must have seen great potential in both of them, after all, He looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) and he chose Saul first.
They both had significant callings. You can read about Saul’s experience in 1 Samuel 9 and David’s experience in 1 Samuel 16. They were both anointed for their assignment by the prophet Samuel. What was it that made the difference in the way they finished their race?
I’m sure you can find many differences in their relationship with God and in the way they ruled the kingdom. But there is one thing I would like to draw attention to and it might surprise you. It certainly amazed me when I saw it.
In 1 Samuel 10, after a bizarre string of events (involving donkeys and prophets), Saul returns to his homeland to wait for the arrival of Samuel to appoint him as king and announce it to the people. But when Samuel arrived, Saul was nowhere to be found. The funny thing is, you can hide from everyone, but you can’t hide from God. Verse 22:
So they asked the Lord, “Where is he?”
And the Lord replied, “He is hiding among the baggage.” (NLT)
Fast forward a few chapters and we find the young boy David, who has been anointed as future king, but is still working in the field herding his father’s sheep. In 1 Samuel 17 we read that his father sent him to battle with food for his brothers. As David arrives at the camp, the army is going out to battle. What happens next, propels David into an eternal moment, that would forever mark his life. Verse 22:
“Then David left his baggage in the care of the baggage keeper, and ran to the battle line and entered in order to greet his brothers.” (NASB)
One king hides behind the baggage, the other one drops his baggage and runs towards the battlefield. As I looked at these verses, I felt a nudge by the Holy Spirit to look at this one thing that separated these two kings: the way they handled their baggage.
Being made alive in Christ has put us in a very significant assignment. Romans 5:17 says that we are now appointed to rule and reign with Christ, in THIS life. We have been chosen to fulfill an assignment that was prepared for us, even before we were born (Ephesians 2:10) and we are anointed (1 John 2:27). The question is, what do we do with your baggage?
Will we continue to hide behind it, afraid to be seen? Afraid to take the place that God has prepared for us? Or do we drop those heavy loads and run towards the battlefield? That assignment that will mark us for eternity?
Today, I am really challenged by this. There are some heavy stuff I have been carrying for far too long and it has become tempting to hide behind those issues that seem to disqualify me for my assignment. Being seen invites criticism. Taking up the position that God has prepared for you will cost you your comfort. But the prize is only won by those who finish their race.
And He is worth the discomfort.
King David can testify to this.
I pray that we will have the courage to let go. Let go of every sin that so easily entangles us. Let go of all the baggage that is slowing us down. May we all be blessed today, with patient endurance and find the joy set before us: the One who called us by name and gave us the authority to rule and reign with Him.
Today, I hear the Father say: “Fiery One! Keep burning for me. Let my love rise up within you with every step you take towards the battlefield. I have called you to be victorious. Do not look back. The race is not to the swift. The battle is not to the strong. It is not by might or power, but by my Spirit. So keep moving forward, my darling. You were fashioned for freedom.” ❤