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For many years Israel didn’t have a king–God was their King. In 1 Samuel the people of Israel decided that they wanted a human king, and God obliged. Samuel had already told Saul that he was called to be the king and anointed him privately, and now it was time for him to be made king publicly. There was just one problem: when it was time to bring him forward they couldn’t find him. 1 Samuel 10:22 says:

“So they inquired again of the Lord, “Is there a man still to come?” and the Lord said “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.””

Saul, instead of stepping boldly into the calling God had for him, hid behind the baggage. Now, allow me to stretch this metaphor just a little. We are all called to great things, and that greatness looks different for each of us. Often times it’s easy for us to hide behind our excuses and our past, our “baggage”. Moses tried this when God called him to speak to Pharaoh. He said, “Lord you can’t use me, I’m a stutterer” as if God didn’t already know that.

Thank God that He doesn’t allow us to use our “baggage” as an excuse for long. God told Moses that Aaron would speak for him, but Moses ended up leading the nation of Israel and speaking to them despite his speech impediment. God didn’t let Saul stay hidden in the baggage either, the men found him, and he was made king.

What is God calling you to do? Even though it may be scary, get out from behind your “baggage”. Don’t think that your past disqualifies you from doing amazing things, in fact, your specific set of experiences may be what uniquely qualifies you to do something incredible.

Don’t let your baggage hold you back, step out in faith and be amazed at what God can do through you!

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  1. Reblogged this on Work in Progress and commented:

    Lately, I’ve been reading and thinking a lot on the subject of “baggage” which, let’s be honest, is not a topic any of us really like to talk about, but that doesn’t make it any less important.

    The truth is, we’ve all picked up baggage of some sort. We’ve taken on responsibilities that weren’t meant to be ours. We’ve slung some shame over our shoulder, believing the lies of others. We’ve rolled the weight of failure behind us, letting it slow us down and keep us in the past.

    But we’re called to be free.

    This is a process. It takes hard work. But it’s vital. Because of Christ, we’ve been set free, but it’s up to us to live free.

    “…let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

    Let’s run well today, friends!


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