LOOK AT THE HEART
Many of us were taught that integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. This is true, but integrity at its core is all about character. As Christians, we know the secret of how to live with integrity: the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. The Holy Spirit shapes our character so we can think, speak, and act in a way that reflects the love of God to the world around us. These fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), in addition to other positive character traits, all contribute to a person’s integrity. Scripture is full of examples of women and men with integrity - people who were marked by the presence of God in their lives. In this study, we are going to examine the life of David.
When David first appears in the Old Testament, he is out shepherding in his father Jesse’s fields. The priest Samuel had come to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be the next king of Israel after Saul. Jesse’s seven sons lined up, and several even had the look of a king, but none of them were the one the Lord had chosen. Samuel heard the voice of God say not to judge by appearance because the Lord does not see things the way he does.
“People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7 NLT).
This is why integrity matters. The Lord is not looking at your appearance or status in order to anoint you. The Lord is looking at your heart. As the youngest brother, David was not even included in the line to be king. He was out in the fields, faithfully and joyfully doing the work his father had asked him to do until he was sent for. Though he was overlooked by man, the Lord saw David’s heart and anointed him to be king.
If you have been feeling overlooked or misjudged, continue to faithfully and joyfully serve the Lord however He’s called you to in this season. The Lord sees you, and He knows your heart.
How can you allow the Holy Spirit to shape your heart this week?