Son of Jesse, The Lord’s Anointed
Leadership Traits of the World’s Greatest Leader (second to Jesus)
Least Likely to Lead
God was ready to anoint and appoint the next king of Israel. He sent His prophet, Samuel, to the house of Jesse because He selected one of his sons for this position. Jesse brought seven of his “most-likely-to-succeed” sons to the prophet in the order of whom he deemed worthy of the promotion. To their utter amazement, God denied each one. Then, after discovering there was yet another youngest son they kept at a distance so he wouldn’t disrupt the “adult business,” Samuel had them fetch him. It was a “Hail Mary,” last-ditch effort to evaluate the least-likely son. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he,” (16:5-12).
Thankfully, God doesn’t choose people with the same standards we would use to choose. He sees leadership potential in us, not based on our status or accomplishments, but based on our character. “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him (referring to David’s more qualified oldest brother); for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart,” 16:7). We need to never give up or assume we won’t excel in life just because we are surrounded by people “more qualified” than us. For people who genuinely love the Lord and want to yield their hearts and lives to Him, God notices them and sees limitless potential for what He can do with them. He sees the end before the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and He is excited to get you there.
We need to not compare ourselves with other people or to assume we don’t measure up. God measures with a different ruler. Whether you are noticed by others or not, or if you have accomplished great things or not, God notices you. He believes in you. He sees greatness in you. We need to view ourselves through the eyes of God.
Your calling is as great as you can believe God is big. It is not about you, it is about Christ in you. It’s not about what you can do, but what He can do through you. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,” (Ephesians 3:20). Don’t measure yourself by an external perspective of personal qualities but by the potential of what God could do with you. God determines your destiny, not by your abilities and skill-sets, but by the possibilities of what godly character could be like when it gets infused with His omnipotence. We determine the extent of the limits on our destiny by how we choose to yield our hearts to His.
“Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,’” (Matthew 19:26).
If these people could do what they did, what could God do with you?
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