Managing The Kingdom

Saul was the first king over Israel. He didn’t run for the position. He probably never even considered being king. By his admission, he was from the smallest clan of the smallest tribe; he was a nobody. He wasn’t a great warrior; he wasn’t saving princesses. He was chasing down some lost donkeys when God appointed him king. Think about it; you or I being nobodies and suddenly being elevated to the highest place in the land.

It sounds like a child’s fantasy tale doesn’t it? But, it’s not! It happened to you and me when we joined the kingdom of God. We were made managers; of what? Well, all of it. God said: “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine and all that is in it” (Psalm 50:10-13).

It’s all His! Everything! Every animal, every tree, the crops that feed them, the hills they walk on, the rocks, the silver, the gold, every man, woman and child–it’s all His. And, He has appointed us to manage it. That’s a heap of responsibility!

So, what does God consider a good manager? Well, who would you appoint? Someone who thinks like you do? Who has the same desire? Who can wholeheartedly follow your mission statement? Of course you would because you would want to protect your investment. Saul never did line his heart up with God’s. The prophet Samuel told him, “You acted foolishly. You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command” (1 Samuel 13:12-14).

God wants men after His own heart, who will care for what His Son’s blood purchased. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). Whether it’s the cattle on a thousand hills or the family under our roof, we are to take care of them because they belong to Him.

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