Tuesday, April 12, 2016
"His Face" - 04/12/16 - I Samuel 15-17
"And they did. The Kenites evacuated the place."(15:6)
Saul was marching in to completely destroy the Amalekite but, the Kenites were warned beforehand to get out.
At what point do you give up and evacuate?
My prayer for those who are in Christ is that they live in the world - yet are not of the world. I pray there remains a separation. There has to be or else we become as the world - we become the Amalekites. One day when Christ returns all will be destroyed. Those outside of Him will perish into hell. That's it - that is all He wrote. After that there are no more chances.
This verse has given me thoughts though of how long do you "camp out" with some people of the world. We are here to make disciples - that is our utmost job. How long do you "work" before moving on?
I firmly believe God uses me as His seed planter, not a harvester. I know in His vast family He brings up behind my seed planting, harvesters of souls. We all have different roles and I am at peace with mine. The problem I have though, I don't really know when to move on.
I pray and listen for His lead and try to do my best. If I see it is a toxic relationship, I "evacuate". I just want to be sure that I am not "jumping ship" before knowing if the 'ship" is even sinking. Are some things I am viewing as toxic - really just me taking things too personal? Am I really focused on His face and not my own, missing out on an opportunity to plant a seed for Him? Am I so concentrated on seed planting that I am only looking ahead and not where He has me and I am missing the people? I pray He will change my heart to be more like His. I pray I am so in tune to His, there is no question about where I am sowing seeds and for how long.
I used to think a person's face reveals what is in her heart by the age of 40. Today with the world being more about "self", people are becoming harder and I feel it is in the early 30's. Really look into someone's face and you'll see what I mean. A person in Christ becomes more beautiful with age.
But God told Samuel, "Looks aren't everything. Don't be impressed with his looks and stature. I've already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart."(16:7)
You see, I don't want to be caught up with the outside of life. I don't want my past, or the garbage I bring along,to interfere with my seed planting. I don't want to miss a moment for Him because my selfish heart gets in the way. I want to be at the point where I don't even see the outside of a person, their status, etc. I want to see their heart and their needs. To put myself in their shoes so to speak.
I want God to look into my heart and see Himself.