Dear brother/sister in Christ,
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
God sees the heart, but man sees the face. God’s Word says, For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7 One of the reason why God chose David as king is because of his heart. Once he was thirsty and as scripture says, David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David.
But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out to the LORD. “God forbid that I should do this!” he said. “Should I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives?” Because they risked their lives to bring it back, David would not drink it. 1 Chronicles 11:17-19 Though he was thirsty he was able to think about others and saw him in their shoes.
But, our Lord Jesus Christ is our example to follow. He lived a selfless life and we can see that all the miracles he did was for others to bring glory to the Father and not even single miracle he did for himself when he lived as a man on this earth. He always moved with compassion and cared for others in love, He went on doing good. Even on the cross, He took care of His mother Mary and handed her over to John. He thought about you and me on the cross that we need to be set free from the bondage of sin and death.
He always did Father’s will and thought about others rather than his own interests. David was not always filled with Holy Spirit, so he could not live selflessly forever as we know that he killed Bathsheba’s husband for his selfishness. That was old covenant and we are not called to compare our life with David and many other old covenant saints as many Christians do. Our Lord Jesus lived a selfless and overcoming life as He was always filled with Holy Spirit and today God has given us the same Spirit to us the new covenant believers to walk in the ways of our Lord!
God called us to become more and more like His Son Jesus Christ but not like David. But, there are many good things we can learn from the life of David as even in the old covenant His heart was after God, Jesus did not died for David nor God’s love was demonstrated to him like how He did for you and me through Lord Jesus, yet He loved the Lord. Let us abide in His love!
Your brother in Christ,
Albert Samuel Milton
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