2008-11-14 - Living 24:7
As I mentioned earlier, David was a man after God's own heart so it is fitting that the fourth principle comes from a story out of his life. David fought bravely for Saul. Rather than thanking him, Saul grew jealous and tried to kill David - repeatedly. David knew he would one day be king but he also knew that Saul was the current king, appointed by God. Certainly, if I were in David's shoes I'd be thinking that I should kill him before he could kill me and get the throne now. But David knew that as God's appointed he should not harm Saul. Evidently many people around David felt like me.
1 Samuel 24:7 - So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.
David talked his companions out of hurting Saul. David convinced them to do the right thing not the easy, self-serving thing. After we develop a heart for God and live the way we should, we need to influence others. More precisely, we must influence others for good.
Look at the progression of these four principles. Developing your heart is internal. Obedience is both internal and external but it's still just you. Getting rid of sin in you and those in close proximity (your inner circle). Influencing others is as big in your life as you allow God to let it be.
Just start with the little things you say or do. They can have a huge impact on others. I can't remember who said it first but have often heard, "You may be the only gospel someone ever reads." How will the gospel of your life influence others?
Until next time...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted