Mind Your Own Business!

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1 Samuel 13:9

2015 Frieda P. Smith

The scripture declares in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me;” however, there is a limit, saints! We can only do what God called, equipped, and anointed us to do.

The Bible confirms this truth in Ephesians 4:11 when the Apostle Paul wrote, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers”. Note the word “some”. God did not give these gifts to all; rather He gave them to some.

Can we keep it real? There are people who cannot sing. They love the Lord and are faithful, but they are tone deaf.

Unfortunately, there are times we believe we can do everything and anything. Our motto is: “I Got This!”

In our text from the Old Testament Book of 1st Samuel that serves as the foundation for our inspirational message, the priest Samuel left instructions for King Saul, recorded in 1st Samuel 10:8, “Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you, and show you what you should do.”

Sounded like a simple enough instruction, didn’t it? Saul—the king—waited for seven days, but guess what?  Samuel—the priest—did not show up after seven days like he said he would.

So instead of waiting for priest Samuel an extra day or two, 1 Samuel 13:9 reads, “So Saul (the King) said, ‘Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.’ and he offered the burnt offering”.

The text tells us in 1st Samuel Chapter 10 that Saul was anointed to be the king. While Saul was operating in his anointing and giftedness as king, he was doing fine. Saul did not have any real difficulties just as long was he was operating in the place where the Lord anointed him and assigned him to operate. Saul was fine as long as he was minding his own business–the business of being king.

While functioning as the king, Saul found himself having to wait for Samuel, who was anointed and qualified to be the priest.

After obediently waiting for seven days, Saul became impatient and decided to mind Samuel’s business.  King Saul decided that being king was not enough for him. King Saul decided he could operate as a priest, too! Saul probably watched Samuel offer a burnt offering before, so Saul probably said to himself, “I have an animal. I have wood. I have a Bic lighter. I watched Samuel do it before. I got this!”

However, although Saul could do it and he actually did do it, Saul was not anointed to do it! Saul was not minding his business! Saul was operating in an area he was not called or anointed to operate in, and because of his actions, Saul blew his blessing (read 1 Samuel 13:14)

Someone reading this message is looking at someone else and saying to yourself, “I can do that! I can have that! I can be that”, but what you do not realize is that God gave that other person a special assignment and a special gifting, and if you try to do what they do, you may pull it off—you may get somewhere—but you will never get where God intended for you to go.

My friend, as difficult as it may be, do not allow impatience to cause you to attempt to do something you are not gifted and anointed to do. Go find someone and/or wait for the one who has the gift, the expertise, and the anointing to do it for you. You cannot do everything you think you can.  Trust me, I learned the hard way.

I would hate for you to miss what God has planned for you.  You have business of your own to take care of, business that only you are equipped to handle, and business that will take you where God would have you to go!

Be yourself!

Mind your own business!

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