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October 21, 1992

The Sending of God

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He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them. PSALM 78:70-72
After you have answered God’s call and attended His training program, you are ready to be sent into the fray. God does not call you just to fill you with wisdom. He has somewhere for you to go, and you have to get on the road and go there. Your spiritual journey will be just that—a journey. And it’s hard to sit still on a journey.
No matter the destination God calls you to, your responsibility is to go. And once you arrive, there are a few principles that will make your work successful.
First, do what you are. When David became king, he did not pretend to be something he was not. It would have been easy for him to feel that way. He was the youngest of his brothers. His only real experience for the job was as a lowly shepherd and occasional warrior. It would have been easy for him to try to operate outside of his skills or personality, but he stayed true to what he was and God used him mightily.
Second, pursue integrity of heart. David had a good heart; in fact, God called him a man after His own heart. We see David’s heart and passion for the Lord in the psalms that he wrote, and we see his integrity in the way he led his people. David was a passionate and caring king who dearly loved his God and his people.
Third, develop skillful hands. David was a good king because he was a good shepherd. He was a hard worker. He cared about what he did, and he did it with all his might. David understood that God was his boss, and he knew that he would stand before Him and Him alone to give an account for his life. We often settle for being “good enough.” But as followers of Christ, we work for the same unseen Boss that David worked for. And we, too, must have a commitment to excellence and a passion to learn and grow the skills that God formed within us.
We are all somewhere in the cycle of being called, equipped, and sent. We need to learn this cycle and figure out where we are in it. It will make us more fruitful and productive workers in the eternal kingdom.

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