This is the second in a series. Read part 1 here.
So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah. (1 Sam 16:12-13)
If good, solid Christians are in hiding (as we explored in the previous article in this series), if they are shying away from the battle for whatever reason, then how do we, as believers, begin to pull them from that place of obscurity so that they can begin to shine? The answer can be found in scripture, not far from where Saul was hiding among the baggage. Saul had an impressive presence; in fact, the Bible tells us that there were none like Saul in the land of Israel. And though he looked the part, Saul made a poor king at best. Time after time, Samuel had to remind Saul to obey God, to follow His word to the letter, and to trust Him completely. Saul could never bring himself to do so, and so God needed to raise up another.
A few short chapters later, we find another king in hiding, a young shepherd out tending the sheep. Samuel, book open and eyes on YHWH, made his way to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse. After a parade of strong, likely young men, Samuel was looked around, confused and disconcerted: none of these were the king that God had chosen. There was one more son, however, in hiding (and unaware of the fact) out among the sheep. When David, the Son of Jesse, stepped through the doors, Samuel knew and the voice of God spoke, “This is the one. Call him out. Anoint him. This is the king that I have chosen.” Look what happens next: “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.” In the instant that Samuel poured the oil of anointing over David’s head, the spirit of God began to take control, guiding the steps of the young man, pulling him from obscurity into the place God had reserved for him. Time and time again, throughout the Scripture, we see men and women called out from obscurity, from hiding, into a place of prominence. Elijah calls out Elisha to follow after him. Esther was called before the King. Christ calls the apostles, each from their own place of obscurity. The apostles called out Matthias.
And now God is calling to us, equipping us, to call out kings and queens for this generation. It is time that we begin to pour into the people in our lives, to claim the promises of God over them, and to call them out so that their particular gifts can be of use to the Kingdom. That young man bound down in drugs and addiction is not an addict, he is a prince in hiding. That young lady that is searching for love in every face she sees is a princess in hiding. The problem, the reason that God has not yet been able to work in their lives is that no one has told them who they truly are, no one has taken time to call them out. If you are reading this, no matter what situation in which you find yourself, God loves you and created you for a purpose; he created you for His glory. You are a prince, a princess, a king, a queen, who has not yet received their inheritance, and God is calling you out. He is calling you to find fellowship with him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He longs for you to know who you are, who you can be, when you find that perfect, beautiful, challenging relationship with the Father through the gift of Messiah.
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