This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“Yes, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” (1 Sam. 10:22)
In today’s Marketplace Leaders devotional, Os Hillman uses the story in the Bible where Saul was chosen to be the first king of Israel. And when it was time for the prophet Samuel to onboard him, he was no where to be found – to which God responded to the people questioning his whereabouts that he was hiding among the crowd.
Before all of this Saul had never led anybody – let alone an entire nation; and he had never had to be accountable to God or anyone else, really. He must’ve been so freaked – as he was inexperienced, incapable, and was tempted to stay safe in mediocrity.
But time and time again in the Bible – through Moses, David, even Jesus, etc. – God flies right past experience, knowledge, strength, and capacity – things that this world puts way too much emphasis on – and selects people for roles that they are incapable of achieving without God’s help, and would’ve never in their wildest dreams pursue.
He turns any negative or seemingly unrelated experience into ministry; He equips His chosen ones with unlimited, impossible power; and He directs them to discover and fulfill their purposes.
There are a few appointments in my life that I could easily avoid to ensure certainty, safety, and enjoyment – being a dad, a husband, a son, a multi-organizational worker, etc. But that would be a shallow life with no purpose, no growth, no appreciation, and that’s not what God uniquely made me to achieve.
If Saul chose those values and stayed hidden, Israel would not have thrived and opportunities for a relationship with God would not have happened. Imagine the eternal consequences of that.
If you knew you were meant to live for more than yourself, and that you had a mission that scares you to pieces because it stretches your comfort zone, isn’t in your know-how or muscle, and/or would be shunned by others…remember all of the people before you who have been in the same situation as you, took a leap of faith, and changed history. And remember that your mission is unique only to you, and if you don’t do it, no one else will and the world will be less-off without your contribution.
Live out your calling.