Lukewarm

1 Samuel 10:8-16

8“Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”

9As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. 11When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.

14Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?”

“Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.”

16Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

Winter

During winter, we complain of extreme coldness. During summer, we complain of extreme heat. Truly, we prefer moderate temperature.

Similarly, more church attendees will prefer to have moderate spirituality. But at the same time, they would not want also to be very unspiritual. Most people would prefer to identify with the majority. It’s sad but it reminds us in…

Matthew 7:13-14, Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Saul was not very spiritual but he was chosen as Israel’s first king, why? For the succeeding kings to learn that the Lord won’t appreciate lukewarm obedience to Him? At first, Saul experienced the power of the Spirit of God and the people saw changes in him but he just cannot fully surrender all his life to the Lord.

Remember this: Samuel told Saul to wait for him for seven days at Gilgal.

8“Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.”

Saul didn’t ask questions to clarify about it. When he was anointed king of Israel, Saul may have been flattered so that he just can’t think objectively.

When Christ mandated to witness for Him, His disciples didn’t clarify how they can be effective witness. The Lord Jesus told His disciples in Acts 1:4-6, 4“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

The disciples did not pay much attention what it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. They followed Christ with hope that He may free them from the oppression of the Roman government. Then, the Holy Spirit filled them, and they were changed. Similarly, when the Spirit of God came to Saul, he was changed.

1. Change.

9As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. 10When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. 11When all those who had formerly known him saw him prophesying with the prophets, they asked each other, “What is this that has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?” 12A man who lived there answered, “And who is their father?” So it became a saying: “Is Saul also among the prophets?” 13After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the high place.

Kish his father may have been prominent, and Saul was easily recognized as his son. Normally, the life of prominent personalities is not secretive. People would observe their behaviors. Changes in the life of Saul were apparent so that people observe it. They may have known Saul as introvert person before.

And to join the procession of the prophets, it takes special attitude to act like a prophet. Ordinary people may not want to join the procession of prophets. They dance like crazy. Ordinary people despise it as undignified performance.

Undignified

When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem it says in 2 Samuel 6:16, 20-23: 16As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart… 20When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

21David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.” 23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

King David did not hesitate to do anything that would bring glory to God. He was not concerned about his own reputation. He’s more concerned of giving glory to God. He chose to rejoice in the Lord. He chose to glorify the Lord.

King David wrote in Psalm 4:3, 3He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.

When the Spirit of Lord prevails in us, He changes us, and we would obey Him which may result to worship of Him with songs of praise or even dances.

Saul danced with the prophets and prophesied with them. It’s possible that the prophets were declaring the mighty power of God, and Saul heard it, and he declared what God has instilled in his mind. But, when his uncle asked what Samuel told him, Saul concealed about his anointing as king of Israel, why?

2. Conceal

14Now Saul’s uncle asked him and his servant, “Where have you been?”

“Looking for the donkeys,” he said. “But when we saw they were not to be found, we went to Samuel.” 15Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me what Samuel said to you.” 16Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship.

Why was the uncle of Saul so inquisitive? Did he learn that Saul was invited as special guest by Prophet Samuel to a special dinner recently?

It is possible that someone who heard, saw, or even attended the special occasion at the high place where Samuel invited Saul and his servant, went to the town of Saul and reported about the event. Previously, Saul had conversation with the Samuel at the roof of Samuel’s house the night after the special dinner. Saul and his servant may have spent the night in the house of Samuel.

Anyway, it can be interpreted that Saul didn’t reveal but concealed about his anointing from his uncle because he’s still not full convinced that God has chosen him as king. It’s also possible that he didn’t have good relationship with his uncle so that he can’t trust him to keep secret the news about his anointing.

If you were Saul, will you tell about your anointing to others? If your boss told you that next year, you will get a promotion, would you tell others about it?

Pastor’s Search

A pastor was very enthusiastic about his application and told another pastor about it. He did not know that he was telling his application to a pastor who applied in this same pastoral position. Subsequently, the latter pastor was chosen to fill in to the pastoral position vacancy, and the former pastor heard it.

You can guess how the former pastor reacted after he heard of the development.

Similarly, is it possible that believers can be very enthusiastic of their faith in the Lord but actually, they are not very sure if they were saved or not?

In comparison, is it possible that believers are not very enthusiastic about their faith in the Lord because they are not very sure if they were saved or not?

In what practical ways we may express faith that we truly believe in God? How can we be zealous for the Lord? Zealousness for the Lord comes from Him.

It reminds us in Revelation 3:16, So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

To be lukewarm is to fall short of the required intensity of faith that the Lord wanted to see from believers who are assured of eternal life.

With human effort, we certainly fall short of our relationship with the Lord.

We should continue to seek the empowerment of the Spirit of Christ until we sense changes in our life that the Lord wants us to have and experience.

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