Sunday, December 4, 2011


So he sent and brought him in…And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!”…And so it was…that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

1st Sam. 16: 12-23


In most cases, when God anoints a vessel, He then sends such a one to a “place of primary assignment”, an avenue for the testing and validation of the election and selection. Joseph, Paul, John and Jesus are just a few examples of this trend we see in the scriptures. So also was David, who shortly after his anointing, was drafted into the service of Saul, the incumbent king over Israel. Though he was anointed for the throne, his first assignment was not to the throne as a leader but a stool in the palace as a servant. One has to learn to follow to effectively lead. His service under King Saul instructs us as to our attitude to work in the marketplace of our jobs.


Anointed for a purpose: to be anointed is to be empowered (Acts 1:8). We are meant to be the solution to the needs of our bosses. The anointed staff rises to the occasion when problems arise. They are more intuitive and creative in such situations. Like David in the anchor text (vs.23), the skill of their hands assuages the pressures on the leaders of the organization.


Self Motivated: they don’t call a pity party because they weren’t acknowledged or commended. They see the big picture. They know when the boss looks good, they look good. They do not allow what they do to affect who they are. They are not looking for a personal relationship in a public place.


Action oriented: they solve the problem without commenting on the cause. David played his harp when the need arose. He didn’t talk about the faults in Saul. Some people have talked themselves out of their jobs. Think more, talk less. David did his job and let them talk about it (vs. 18).


Focus: the main reason you were employed should be a goal you seek to justify and even surmount always. Excellence and dexterity on the job is a ministry and witness on its own. Money isn’t the reason you are there, it merely funds the reason.


Change agent: a plane soars through the wind as long as the cabin pressure is kept at par. It’s risky to let the environment you work in to influence you negatively. Allowing what you are meant to feed to become the one feeding you is a break of order (Gen. 3:12). Avoid the counsels that are not compatible with where you are headed.


(Inspirations: Bishop T. D Jakes, etc)


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