Hiding Among the Baggage

By: Dev Menon

1 Samuel 10:22  “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” 

Isn’t it interesting that the man that all Israel wanted to be king – didn’t want to be king himself?

As Samuel would later comment about him:

Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.” (1 Sam 15:17)

At first, we may think this sort of attitude to being called into the service of the Lord is a sign of great humility.

Yet later, we see that this man, considered ‘little in his own eyes’, actually thought very highly of himself. When his sin was found out – his first priority was how he looked before others:

Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may bow before the LORD your God.”  (1 Sam 15:30)

Isn’t it strange? That one who sees himself as unfit to serve, is then suddenly so concerned about his honour? Actually not at all… he was always most concerned about how other people saw him.

Here’s the great mistake – to see yourself with your own eyes.

Some see ourselves as great – and we rightly call them arrogant. Others see themselves as little – yet we would also be right to call them proud. (Don’t be fooled by Asian modesty!)

True ‘smallness’ or ‘greatness’ is found in listening to the voice of the Lord, and trusting – in faith – that the Lord sees the heart, and it is He who defines us and tells us what we should or shouldn’t do. Humility is about listening to Him.

So then, as we look to 2012, where has the Lord called you to serve? Go in confidence – in response to His call – despite what you think of yourself. The Lord will be with you, since it is Him you are following.

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