Article: Costly Mistake
Bible Text=> 1 Samuel 16:6-14.
Have you ever been wowed by an individual’s speech that you say “Holy Spirit”, “This wo(man) is Spirit- filled” …
The truth is, don’t judge a man’s spiritual status by what he says because some men know the right thing to do, but refuse to do it (Matthew 23:3c).
In our Bible text (1 Sam. 16:6-14), Samuel was blinded by Eliab’s kingly appearance when he wanted to anoint him. Do you think Eliab would make a good king? Saul would even be better! He wouldn’t have done what David did. Maybe Israel would have been forgotten if not for God’s leading.
We assume that these gifted men are doers of the word so we make them hold spiritual offices. This mistake is costly as it would affect the growth of the church negatively, because how would the followers apply God’s word when the leaders cannot. No wonder why the church is growing cold. We appoint by what we see, not by what God says, forgetting that we shouldn’t work by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
“…for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7b).
We appoint those who can speak the word but cannot apply it. Of what use is that good message when you are not a doer? It will only bless others and leave one to be a castaway! (1 Timothy 4:16, 1 Corinthians 9:27).
We shouldn’t be blinded by their godly words “…for they say and do not” (Matthew 23:3c). As seen in our text, not all who have the appearance of a king are kings. Likewise, not all those who appear to be godly are godly. They only have the form. As a result, we should be led by God in everything so as to avoid this costly mistake especially in these last days when people have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof. “Desist from such!” That’s what the Bible says (2 Timothy 3:5).
“For not the hearers [nor the preachers] of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”
Act the word.
Author: Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu
Damilola Deborah Funso-Adu is a model Christian who is in love with the pen.
She is a Nigerian, and an undergraduate student of the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
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