When Samuel went to Bethlehem to anoint Israel’s next king, he was looking for what we often look for in a leader – strong, powerful, mighty, charismatic… Some of these are surface characteristics but others are ‘hidden’ or are things we can sense about someone. But this is some of the typical list that we look for in our leaders. They are also characteristics that many of us would like applied to ourselves as well!
But God told Samuel ‘No, no no!’ God told him that it is what is in the heart that matters. In essence, God told him, ‘To rule my people Israel, faithfulness to me is what matters.’ A heart for God is what counts. To rule or leas from the perspective of God is what is needed.
It is still what matters today. It does not matter if you own your own business or if you are in charge or a large number of people. To live with a heart turned to God matters just as much as if you are only leading yourself. Most of us fall somewhere in between owning our own business and leading just ourselves. It does not matter. Leading a God-filled, spirit-led life is ALL that matters. And we each are fully in charge of whether or not we live that way. Seek God. Love God. Share God.