Harps, Sheepskin and Hidden Potential

I was part of a discussion the other day based on the believer’s gifts listed in Romans 12 (prophecy, service, teaching, etc.), when our discourse took a surprisingly different turn, one that’s given me a lot to think about. Whatever our gifts and how we are exhibiting them, God sees our hidden potential, let’s take David for example. He came from extremely humble beginning—a shepherd. Not very glamorous, but he was faithful with it.

Where his father and brother saw a scrawny little brother who smelled like sheep, God saw a king.

Where a giant saw a boy with a sling and a couple of stones, God saw a mighty warrior who would one day stand leading thousands into battle.

Where Saul saw a young upstart threatening his kingdom, God saw a man full of favor who, on more than one occasion had the opportunity to kill this man who threatened his life. David knew that God’s anointing belonged to him yet continued to make the right choices—trusting that He would take care of Saul in his own time.

Where men saw as just a boy and a harp with a gift for creating soothing music, God saw the Psalmist who would one day pen some of the most lyrically beautiful, heart wrenching prose in Scripture.

Where men saw, in the wake of adultery, lies and murder someone completely broken by his own sin, God saw a man after his own heart.

How easy it is for us to judge. Can I issue you a challenge today?

Are there people in your life that you have “written off”? People, whom you’ve said/thought on more than one occasion, “That’s it, lost cause. Move on.” Here’s the thing, God loves them, He loves them as much as he loves you and me. Is there something you can change about that today? A prayer you can offer before God, a phone call you can make and e-mail that should have been written months ago?

I’ll leave you with the words God spoke to Samuel right before he anointed David as king of Israel:

I Samuel 16:7 “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

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