The Passed Over
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Other Bible characters overlooked:
For us as a church
- Some people do all the work
- Some people don’t feel confident
- Some people feel passed over
But yet all of us have an experience like this
- We have all been chosen by God
- We have all been called to be used by him
- The Holy Spirit has given all of us spiritual gifts.
1 Corinthians 12: 7-11 says that “to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES GIFTS TO EACH PERSON WITHIN THE CHURCH!
- You have been chosen
- You have been equipped
- You have been trusted
As Romans 12:4-8 tells us “just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
And in Romans 12:5 “…we in Christ, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
- You belong to one another
- It is your responsibility to function with one another
In Ephesians 4:11-13 we find that “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
It is the job of the pastor to equip the church to do the work of building up God’s Kingdom
- This is how we reach maturity
- This is how we become unified
- This is how we attain the fullness of Christ
1 Samuel 16:13 ” … 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. “
- You have been chosen by God
- You have been given certain gifts and abilities
- You are called to be yourself and not someone else.