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07 July 2011

FAMILY affects Identity – Part 2

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores 2 comments
David and Goliath, we’ve all heard this story at some point in our life, but you might not have read it from this angle.  Much like we have a president today, in the time when this story was set, the country of Israel had a king, Saul.  The Bible describes Saul as chosen, because they (the people) wanted a king.  God used a man named Samuel to speak to the people of Israel (and other judges), but the people decided they didn’t like this arrangement anymore.  So, they chose a king (1 Samuel 8:9).  God grants their request and gives them Saul (1 Samuel 10:17-24).  1 Samuel 9:2, he was “…a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he.  From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.” 

After many years, God had enough with the king chosen and spoke to Samuel, 1 Samuel 15:11 saying, “I regret that I have made Saul king, for he has turned back from following me and has not performed my commandments.”  Later God spoke to Saul, through Samuel, 1 Samuel 15:26, “I will not return with you. For you have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you from being king over Israel.”  Samuel is tasked with finding the new king of Israel.  Samuel became distraught after he told Saul he would no longer be king.  Basically, God told Samuel to get over it, to go to Bethlehem, and find a guy named Jesse.  Samuel does what God said and invites Jesse and his sons to a worship service—where God will anoint the next king.  Samuel had no idea who the next king would be, except that he was one of Jesse’s sons. 

Jesse knew this was a pretty big moment, because he invited his sons along, except one.  Samuel looked over his first son and got pretty excited, because like Saul, he was a good looking and tall.  But God told Samuel, “Nope, not him.  I don’t look at the things that people do.  I look at the heart of a person.”  A lesson about identity, Identity is not based on looks, but heart – not based on external, but internal—an important lesson to discover.  Often, we lose focus and chase external things to fix internal insecurities and identity issues – relationships, clothes, hairstyles, sex, money, status, or position/title.  We approach the solution the wrong way, missing God’s perspective.  God wants us to approach identity from an internal perspective.  As a part of God’s family, God defines our value from within.  And the only way to experience that value is to spend time with God.  Chasing external stuff becomes obstacles, not solutions.

Being looked over is not fun and the feeling doesn't easily disappear.  Choosing how to build worth is crucial, because it will leave a lasting impression.  The outcome of your choices don't easily disappear either.