This Sunday in The Story we'll learn about David's early life and his selection as King of Israel. What set David apart from others who would be king is that the Lord looked at his heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Saul, the king before David, seemed to be perfect king material. Saul was tall, handsome, charismatic, smart, brave and a mighty warrior. But Saul's failed tenure as king was because his heart was not right - he was self-centered and disobeyed God.
As a result of Saul's failure, God decreed that the kingdom would be taken from Saul and his descendants would never be kings. A search must be conducted for a new king. This time however, instead at looking at the outward characteristics of the man who would be king, God would look at the heart.
What is God looking for in a person's heart? God looked for a king who knew Him, David knew God from an early age. God wanted a king with great faith, David showed his faith when he volunteered to fight Goliath. God wanted a king who would obey Him, David had a history of obeying God. God wanted a king who had a deep personal relationship with Him, we see David's relationship with God in the many psalms he penned.
God needs men and women today to serve Him in important positions in the church, in community ministries, in mission, and to be His witnesses to people who need to be saved. To fill these positions God is looking for people with the right heart - people who know Him, love Him, who will obey Him and have the faith to attempt great things for God.
Today God is looking at your heart to see if you're a person who can help Him accomplish His kingdom purposes. When He looks at your heart, what does God see? Does He see the heart of someone who is ready to serve Him? Does He see someone who is developing their heart so they'll be ready to serve Him soon? What God wants to see in us is a hunger of the heart - a person who wants God to use him or her to serve Him in a meaningful way.
I hope you'll come worship with us this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 a.m. as we learn how to develop a heart God can use.