Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 42)
And Samuel said to Jesse, 'Are these all the children?' And he said, 'There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.' Then Samuel said to Jesse, 'Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.'
So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the Lord said, 'Arise, anoint him; for this is he.' Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.
1 Samuel 16:11-13 (NASB)
A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His Head as He sat at the table.
Matthew 26:7 (NKJV)
When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His Head, and a reed in His Right Hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!'
Matthew 27:29 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: While your crowns may not yet be in view, the Lord anointed you for stardom: 'You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth' (Revelation 5:10).*
But don't get impatient on the way. David was anointed thirteen years before he ascended to the throne, and his waiting time was filled with tests. Notably, he trusted God's pacing and didn't rush his coronation. He persevered through trials and won.
So remember David's example, remember the alabaster flask and remember Jesus most of all. Consider some ramifications of your anointment and appointment:
1. As the Lord's leaders in media, expect periods of refinement. All Bible heroes, including Christ, endured in patient continuance to secure their glorious outcomes.
2. Mary, the sister of Lazarus, suffered condemnation from her kin when she gave Christ her worldly treasure. Her appointment was His anointment.
3. Christ's anointment as the King of kings was accomplished through a crown of thorns and His elevation on a Cross. Worldly pain precedes heavenly gain.
So don't expect your own anointment to come with fame, riches and awards. They may come soon or surely later, but don't let red carpets enchant you or judge success by worldly standards.
To Be Continued...
* 'You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him Who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.