Summary: God is calling leaders to assist in building His kingdom. What are the criteria God uses to select those that he uses.
INTRODUCTION: UNDERSTANDING GOD’S KINGDOM LEADERSHIP
A. God’s leadership for his people is not bound to the past. (15:34-16:1a)
1. Samuel was grieved and the Lord regretted.
2. How long will you grieve?
a) We spend too much time comparing what God is doing now to what God may or may not have done in the past.
b) When God moves on to the next thing in the kingdom, how many of us are not ready for the change?
3. I have rejected him…end of story! Move on!
B. Holy Spirit is ready to pour out his anointing on God’s kingdom leaders. (v.1b- “fill your horn with oil and go”)
2. Holy Spirit is waiting on the Father to say “go”.
C. Kingdom leaders are appointed by Father: (v.1c)
1. Of his choosing.
2. For his purposes.
D. The old will be threatened by the new. (v.2)
1. Our excuses are ignored.
2. God ignored Samuel’s excuse.
a) The sacrifice would have been part of the anointing ceremony anyway.
b) This was not some diversion created by God to throw Saul off.
c) If anything, this was an even more public statement.
3. There is just some risk in following God.
a) The nature of faith involves risk.
b) If it is not costing you something to serve God, you need to ask yourself:
(1) Why am I so special?
(2) Am I really following God?
(3) Am I just living in the comfort zone?
E. What is involved in God’s choice for kingdom leadership?
I. GOD’S SELECTION IS BASED ON THE HEART OF THE MAN.
A. 13:14 – David was a man after God’s own heart.
1. Unlike with Saul, God did not have to change David’s heart (10:9).
2. God looks for men and women qualified in heart.
a) Ezek 22:30 "I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. NASU
b) Jer 5:1"Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her. NASU
B. God looks on the inside not the outside. (vv.6-12)
1. Seldom the obvious.
a) Eliab was the oldest.
b) He was the obvious choice.
2. Not necessarily like the last one.
a) Saul was tall and handsome.
b) That didn’t work too well!
3. God sees not as man sees.
a) Outward appearances can be deceiving.
b) God looks at the heart. (1 Cor 2:11-16)
II. GOD’S SELECTION IS DEFINED BY THE GIFTS OF A MAN.
A. A man’s gifts will make a way for him.
1. What was David doing? (shepherding)
2. What more eloquent picture is there of the role of this servant/shepherd king than this?
3. God looks at our obedience in what he has supernaturally put in us.
4. From here he can call us up.
5. “Reservists” train and stay ready in their particular responsibilities so the commander in chief can call them up when needed.
B. God looks for faithfulness being expressed.
1. David was faithfully executing his responsibilities while the rest of the family was at home enjoying the festivities.
2. Ironically, the guest of honor was not there – he was busy doing his job.