So, he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 1Samuel 16:11NIV
Some of us are familiar with the text that instructed Samuel to go to the house of Jesse where the Lord said he would anoint one of his sons, King. If you have not read the scripture, I encourage you to read it because one can glean several insights into the heart of God, which should ultimately be the heart of man. King David was the one tending sheep; he was one of Jesse’s sons, the youngest. The text describes him as Rudi. He was almost overlooked because he was not in the house. I believe many people would have picked one of Jesse’s sons in the house regardless of hearing from the Lord. The Lord said to Samuel in this chapter that he does not look on outward appearance but the heart of man. This text has stayed with me, but how many are more concerned with the image instead of the heart. I know folk who talk about everyone; it is because they have self-esteem issues so to look big, they tear people down. I am so very grateful that man’s choice is not Gods choice because many would have stayed in the house and would have never inquired of Jesse is there another son; especially one who was tending dirty sheep. Let us remind ourselves that we are all dirty in the sight of the Lord, filthy in our righteousness. The odor is intensified through our arrogance, self-righteousness, and boasting. There have been opportunities in our life when we have dined with aristocrats and the who’s who by man standards. Some of us have a few degrees that have afforded us advantages and opportunities; we have luxuries that others will never be able to obtain, we have experienced places and cultures that others will only read about, we snub our nose to what is described in the Gospel of Matthew to the least of these. Publicly and privately. Jesus continued to use people throughout scripture with no name, people who were marginalized. One must ask themselves the question are you a follower of Christ or are you one of the Pharisees or Sadducees? We must not forget, we are striving to be more Christ-like and in this pursuit, the scripture reminds us to be humble. As followers of Christ, let us not sit down until we invite those outside inside. Remain encouraged God bless you.