A Man After God’s Own Heart
“… have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22 b, KJV 1900)
God gave David a great compliment calling him “A man after mine own heart.” Many hours tending the sheep alone led David to a intimate relationship that few people ever take the time to get. He spent hours praying, writing Psalms, singing praises while taking care of the sheep. And during this time, David experience God doing great things through him by delivering a bear and lion into his hands (1 Samuel 17:34.)
This intimate personal relationship that David had caused him to change his heart to become after God. And I find it amazing that David clearly had a heart for missions that was clearly demonstrated through the slaying of the giant Goliath.
During one of the biggest highlights in David’s life, probably his most memorable story, he says something amazing. He was about to put a stone to the terrifying giant’s head, Goliath, and cut that same head off, but right before he does this he says, “This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” (1 Samuel 17:46, KJV 1900)
There you have it! David wasn’t slaying this massive giant to save Israel, to boast his name, or to win the battle, no he wanted everyone to know that God is real! He wanted the whole world to know about God. If Christians today had a heart after God, we would see that same zeal for missions.
If we are to have a heart after God, we need to have a heart for missions. It cant be just an overlooked program in our churches. It needs to be the heartbeat of every Christian, both here in the states and around the world. God is serious about getting His name spread throughout the whole world, his servant David was serious about it, how serious will we take it? I challenge you to find out how you can do more for world evangelism and missions!