I Samuel 10: 1, 5-6, 9-11, 20-24
Before airlines began charging to check baggage, I always checked in the maximum allowed. On one particular trip, I packed one entire suitcase of shoes! The new regulations, however, have forced me to pack lighter. I still pack to capacity because it’s a real challenge to leave some of my stuff behind.
I like stuff. I need stuff.
But I don’t think I’m alone in this. Many people overpack. We carry different things in our bags, unnecessary things, things we don’t need, and things we won’t use.
This applies to our spiritual lives, as well.
Saul was chosen and anointed by God to be Israel’s first king. He was changed and filled with the Holy Spirit, and God caused him to prophesy. But Saul had some issues and a less-than-stellar reputation. His own friends could not believe Saul was a changed man. Hey, when our personal friends find it hard to believe we’re serving God, you know you’ve had a bad reputation. This was Saul’s story.
But it doesn’t matter what you were or where you’ve been. God calls the things that are not as though they are (I Cor. 1:28). God chose you, and He chose me, despite what others think, say or do.
It doesn’t matter who your parents were.
It doesn’t matter where you grew up.
It doesn’t matter what lifestyle you led or the choices you made in the past.
God calls whomever He pleases.
Despite the naysayers and doubters, Saul would be king over Israel. The time had arrived for Saul to step into his calling, but Saul was nowhere to be found! The things that were said about him, his own insecurities and his fears sent him “packing.” When it was time to walk in God’s purpose for his life, Saul hid behind the baggage!! (I Samuel 10:20-21)
The Hebrew word for baggage simply means “stuff.” It can be anything from food to a boat, to idols, baggage, household furnishings, jewelry, clothing, anything, really. The proposition before “baggage” is “EL” which means “unto, into, to, toward.”
Saul was not just hiding behind the stuff; he was into it. His heart was toward it. He was leaning unto it. His heart was pitched toward his baggage, like Lot’s heart was pitched toward Sodom (Gen. 13:12). Despite the fact that God had called him, changed, him, and gifted him, his heart was STILL into his baggage. The draw of these things was so powerful it caused him to run from his call.
I’m so glad God doesn’t call perfect people. He chooses people that are dealing with “stuff.” But there are things you cannot take with you when you respond to the call of God in your life.
Let me use the travel metaphor again. When you’re traveling, you have to go through TSA checkpoints. While it is inconvenient, it ensures everyone’s safety.
Anything that does not meet TSA regulations goes in the garbage, no questions asked. You put it in the garbage, or you don’t fly.
Do you hear that in the Spirit? When the Holy Spirit searches us and finds things that are not allowed on the journey, He doesn’t negotiate. It goes in the garbage, or you don’t fly. When was the last time, you went through the Holy Ghost scanner? When was the last time you prayed this prayer:
Psalm 139: 23 MSG Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; see for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong— then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Saul’s friends helped him come out of his hiding place. They believed in him, celebrated him, and recognized his call (I Sam. 10:23-24). My husband often says, “go where you are celebrated and not just tolerated.” Choose your travel companions wisely for not everyone can travel with you.
Come out of hiding, my friend. This is your time to fly.