“I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.”
Acts 13 vs 22
There are numerous sermons pertaining to the above verse – a continuous desire to please God, unflinching obedience and loyalty (to God), and a heart of worship.
However, I want us to dwell on another component of David’s heart for God today; and that is his respect for God’s anointed.
Despite having opportunity to slay his tormentor-in-chief (king Saul), David did not lay a hand on him. Furthermore, when the young man that informed him of Saul’s death, claimed to be the one who struck him down, David was incensed.
“Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”
Then David called one of his men and said “Go, strike him down!”.
2 Samuel 1 vs 14
Several years later, whilst on the run from his son, Absalom, a man named Shimei, from the same clan as Saul’s family shouted several curses at David. When asked by one of his commanders whether they should cut off Shimei’s head for daring to curse the king, David replied;
“What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, ‘curse David’, who can ask ‘why do you do this?'”
2nd Samuel 16 vs 9 – 10
David had an unshakable respect for God’s anointed, even if they were his enemies. And as such he neither laid a hand on, nor said a bad word against anyone he believed to be anointed by God for whatever purpose, as demonstrated by his refusal to harm Shimei.
In today’s world, we are all-too quick to judge others. Swift to bring people down for the slightest mistake. Quick to deem individuals unfit for certain roles because of what we’ve seen or heard about them. We all do it – criticising ministers of God and different church congregations for this and that.
My message for you today is this.
If God allowed or put an individual into a certain position within his church body, not only must there be good reason for it, but be rest assured he or she is saving lives in some shape or form. Yes, he /she may have faults, but who are we to judge?! Like David, we are to respect the individual as God’s anointed and appreciate the fact that he or she is serving God’s purpose.
Throughout the bible, we see examples of God’s servants erring in some shape or form. Abraham made mistakes, as did Moses, Jacob, David, Solomon, and Peter. They all tripped-up in one way or another because they were human. The simple fact that we’re human means the possibility of falling at some point is all too likely.
Whenever we judge or condemn a child of God, we are more-or-less judging / condemning God. That individual is God’s anointed, and although he or she may have erred, be in absolutely no doubt that he /she has and will most likely continue to save souls for God. For God doesn’t make mistakes.
I’m not just talking about pastors and church workers here. I’m talking about anyone and everyone that God has anointed to serve him – in whatever capacity – be it in church, on the streets, at home, work, or whatever.
You too are anointed. And he anointed you in knowledge of your mistakes and challenges.
If you’ve consciously or subconsciously distanced yourself from God as a result of feeling as though you’re unworthy of his love, then this message is specifically for you.
Pay no attention to what people may be thinking or saying about you. The only view that matters is that of God’s; and he loves you unconditionally, no matter what.
‘And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love’.
Romans 8 vs 38
Let go of your feelings of guilt and Shame, because our God says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
‘Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ.’
Romans 8 vs 1
You were born not only to be God’s precious and blessed child, but also to serve him. That is why he anointed you with those gifts and talents. Your mistakes and failings do not disqualify you from serving him. So stop running, turn back, embrace his love for you, and let him do the rest.
Just say this simple prayer.
Father, thank you for loving me.
I distanced myself from you because I felt I was not worthy of your love. But now I know nothing can separate me from your love.
Thank you Lord.
Thank you that there is no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus.
I let go of my guilt and Shame, and surrender myself to your love and will. In Jesus name, Amen.