Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Throwing Spears

There is a shift that takes place in the things of God. Every generation of believers have gone through this; this is nothing new. In fact, it is a constant! This shift is the process of God raising up new leaders. Change is part of leadership and church. Jimmy Draper said "change is the one constant that we all agree upon yet resists anyway." Change can be especially hard in churches. God is always in the process of preparing individuals to step up and lead His people, but the process can be uncomfortable.

There are two different people in Scripture that represent two different ways of dealing with this shift...King Saul & John The Baptist...they couldn't be more different. The story of King Saul is told in 1 Samuel 18:7-11. "The women sang as they played, and said, Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, they have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom? Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul's hand. Saul hurled the spear for he thought, I will pin David to the wall. But David escaped from his presence twice."

King Saul could not recognize God's hand on David. King Saul did not receive that God was raising up David to be the next king. The shift that was taking place was resisted by Saul and the result was throwing spears at God's appointed person. Obviously, this is the wrong reaction to God raising up a new leader!

Sadly, the sin of King Saul is still committed today in many churches. I am amazed at the church in America. With the coming resistance and on going pressure from the outside, why do so many churches engage in spear throwing on the inside? God is at work in our nation & our churches developing and raising up new leaders. PUT DOWN YOUR SPEAR AND PICK UP YOUR SHOVEL. Help dig out a path for God's next generation to walk in. This is exactly what John the Baptist did.

Remember I told you that John the Baptist was the opposite of King Saul in recognizing God's appointed person. John was the spiritual leader of his day. There came a time when he realized God was raising up a new leader to come after him (Jesus). John did not feel threatened. John understood his purpose was to recognize, raise up, and release the next leader! How great would it be in church if each generation carried the mantle of John?! Ultimately, God is always preparing the way for a new leader. Don't stand in the way, but instead, be like John and help others see God's Way! Put down the spear and grab a shovel. Let's make a way! Let's clear the path!