More Than a Bodyguard!


The young David had been anointed king in the place of the rejected King Saul. However, his coronation took a while and Saul still paraded himself as the substantive king. David had displayed a remarkable level of courage when he took up the fight with the Goliath of Gath and the praise he got for this heroic victory ignited envy in Saul and he began looking for ways to kill the young man who thereafter doubled as his son-in-law.

It was on his exile away from Saul that we find David in the camp of Achish, a Philistine King. War broke out between Israel and Philistine again and Achish sought David’s support to fight against his own people. David gave a favourable response which some scholars say was ambiguous and could not be taken to mean that he would betray his own people. But in any case, we find that Achish was pleased with David’s response and he declared that David would be his bodyguard for life! (1 Samuel 28:1-2)

This declaration by a heathen king concerning a man whom God had anointed and who had the potential to reign as King over God’s own people struck me. David was the man after God’s heart. He was going to be the father of the wisest and richest man to have ever lived. He was the man that carried in his loins the One who would become the Messiah of the world.  David was the man that God planned to establish his throne forever. Yet, because of the dictates of his current situation, he was going to be made the bodyguard to the king of an enemy nation, not for a little while, but forever! Nothing could be more tragic!

Israel would perhaps be made to put up with plenty more years under the leadership of a King who had lost touch of God’s vision for his life and the redemption plan would have suffered a great setback.

Thankfully, this never happened. The Philistine lords did not trust David so he was sent back.

In his book, How to Reach Your Full Potential for God: Never Settle for Less than His Best,  Charles F. Stanley tells of his interactions with people and what he calls their “settled-for life.” Someplace along their journey, people became complacent and content in their circumstances. They settled for what they believed was adequate or satisfactory. They settled for being a bodyguard when they could become kings. They strove to survive when they could thrive.

If we will not understand who God says we are and the potentials we carry to give expression to our identity, it will be difficult to bring about God’s plan for our lives.

God had a plan to make David king, and it would take just a little longer to turn the plan into reality. I imagine if David did not appreciate who God had created Him to be and the potential he had to become one of Israel’s best Kings, he could have settled for being a bodyguard when he could become a king.

Bernard Shaw played the “What If” game shortly before he died. “Mr. Shaw,” asked a reporter, “if you could live your life over and be anybody you’ve known, or any person from history, who would you be?” “I would choose,” replied Shaw “to be the man George Bernard Shaw could have been, but never was.”*

Your life is not a game. You must live fully so that at the end, there is not going to be a better version of you that the world never saw! 
No matter what you are going through, no matter where you are on your life’s journey, you can be better. You must not live in the shadow of who you were created to be neither should you live in the shadow of another man. Never settle for anything less than God created you to be.

Stay with God to receive clear directions for your life. He has the master plan, let Him lead you! Don’t allow anybody make you a bodyguard when God has reserved a throne for you to be relevant forever!

* http://www.dreamjobcoaching.com/resources/articles/playing-the-what-if-game-can-help-you-find-the-right-job


The Mona Lisa is Perfect!

The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, and the most parodied work of art in the world.” The painting, thought to be a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo, is in oil on a white Lombardy poplar panel, and is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517. It was acquired by King Francis I of France and is now the property of the French Republic, on permanent display at The Louvre museum in Paris since 1797.

Photo Credits: Wikipedia Commons

It is believed that Francis I bought Mona Lisa in 1504 or 1506 for $9,200. Among works in the Louvre, in 1852 its market value was 90,000 francs compared to works by Raphael valued at up to 600,000 francs. In 1913, it was reported that the English government offered $5 million for the painting, the highest estimate of its value at that time. Before the 1962–3 tour, the painting was assessed for insurance at $100 million.*

You are worth more than that. God is your creator. The Mona Lisa is only a painting. But can you imagine someone saying he does not like the way the nose of the woman is or he does not like the way the hands are folded? Attempting to add a colour to the Mona Lisa is a very unacceptable thing. It will reduce its value, tamper with its originality and insult the reputation of Leonardo da Vinci.

Just as it will be ridiculous to attempt to add a colour to the Mona Lisa painting, you reduce your value, tamper with your originality and break your Creator’s heart when you try to change something about yourself because you think you are not good enough or because you want to fit in. You were not created to fit in to anything that is not in agreement with your make up; you are to stand out.

I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.  Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” Ps. 139:14 HCSB

Others may look at you and say they do not like something about you, but your Creator looks at you and says “I spent my time on this work!”

The only but in the work of Creation came in Genesis 3 and it is the sinful corruption of our makeup. We should not accept that. We must tap into God’s provision. For God did not give up on man, he gave up His Son! Thus, if you are a product of the creation and the recreation, you are a masterpiece!

People who do not accept who God created them to be are like the goat who wanted to be a lion. So, he practised stalking through the jungle and tried to swish his stubby little tail majestically. Then he tried to turn his pitiful little bleat into the deep, awesome roar of the king of beasts. Finally convinced that he looked and sounded like a lion, he said, “Now, all I have to do to be a lion is to go where lions go.” So, he marched into the territory of lions one day- about lunch time…**

Be Yourself! Photo by mAy 369 via flickr

Stop picking faults with yourself or giving yourself a hard time. You don’t have to look like this or talk like that to be accepted. Accept who God has made you to be. Understand who God says you are and who you were created to be; give yourself a pat on the back and press on. The Mona Lisa is perfect; at least, in the eyes of Da Vinci!

This piece is dedicated to my friend Farinde Oluwatoyin, who celebrated her birthday last weekend. She’s one person from whom I have learnt to be and accept myself. You are loved!
* Source: Wikipedia.com
** Story told by Dave Egner for ODB, 2010

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