Last Sunday at CCCJ, we kicked off our brand new series called “The Advantage.” I hope it spoke to you powerfully and I hope you’re making plans to be at Week 2 this coming weekend! In case you missed it or just want a refresher, here’s the highlights from last Sunday’s message:
- I have to let go of the past to take hold of the future.
In 1 Samuel 16:1, God says to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?”
Samuel was deeply engrossed in his grief over losing the hope of Saul as the king that he was frozen in place. God was sending him to David, the next king, the greatest king, but Samuel was unable to let go of the past.
How tempting is it for us to hold on so tightly to the things of the past that we’re unable to take hold of the things God has called us for and sent us to? Is there something in your life or your family or your job or your church that you’re tightly clinging to but need to be letting go of?
The past was great and rich and blessed, but our best days are still ahead of us! The future is richer than our memory could ever be. So let go and free your hands, your mind and your heart to take hold of the greatest thing God is leading you into!
- Just because I’m not visible doesn’t mean I’m not valuable.
As Samuel arrives at David’s home, he meets his father and his brothers, but David is nowhere to be found…because he’s out in the fields with the sheep, doing what a shepherd does. No one thought to bring David in. No one thought to invite David to be considered as the next king. No one thought for a second that David had what it took. He was out of sight, out of mind, and completely invisible. But being invisible didn’t mean he wasn’t valuable! In fact, the treasure Samuel had been sent for was the only one who was hard at work, engaged in the job he’d been given.
Maybe you’ve felt overlooked before. Maybe you’ve felt like no one sees you and no one cares and it’d be so easy to choose to quit. But remember, in the Kingdom of God, the last shall be first, and the invisible shall be valued!
- I am anointed to accomplish my assignment.
When David arrived at the house, Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers…the very ones who had doubted his value. But God, who looks at the heart, never once questioned the role David was going to play. And to seal that point, Samuel pours the anointing oil over David’s head as the Spirit of the Lord came upon him in power. The anointing was a symbol of God’s blessing and power coming upon David, it marked him as significant in the movement of the Kingdom.
Take that in and then consider this from 1 John 2:20: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One…” When your surrender to Jesus, YOU are anointed by the Holy Spirit. YOU have access to the power of the King. YOU have an assignment – maybe not to be the king, but certainly to be the King’s servant in your office, your school and your neighborhood.
- I don’t need a greater assignment to experience a greater anointing.
It amazes me to see David’s move right after being anointed as the next king. He could’ve done anything he wanted to do, but he chose to go right back out to the shepherd field where he had been, right back to the job he had previously been doing. Where he had once been invisible and forgotten, he’s now investing and functioning on behalf of the King. He’s growing in his potential and increasing in his capacity. It might seem like nothing is different, but in reality everything has changed! When the Spirit of the Lord anoints your heart, your assignment might not change but your purpose does.