A man after God’s own heart is a man who yearns to please God, a man who desires to grow spiritually, and a man who has a heart that obeys “, Jim George.
Climaxing the week’s programme, the Men Champions conference, was Apostle Major Kumi-Woode speaking on the topic, A Man After God’s Own Heart. Reading from 1 Samuel 13:14, he said, the first king of Israel, Saul was not able to follow fully what he was instructed to do. God had to choose another man after His heart, appointing him to be the leader of His people, because Saul did not keep the Lord’s commands.
Therefore, a man after God’s heart is; one God can zero in on, an individual who can represent him, has confidence and God places a premium on.
Going through scripture, there are quite a number of people who God identified as men after His heart;
- David (1 Samuel 16:12) and the Lord said arise, anoint him for this is he.
- Samuel (1 Samuel 2:35), God’s promise to produce a line of priest from his generation.
- Jesus (Matthew 3:13-17), when the spirit of the Lord descended like a dove and a voice from heaven saying, this is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.
Relatively, they all had an experience that binds them together-The wilderness experience.
The stay of Samuel with Eli was a wilderness experience (a test). Eli’s sons dishonored God with their actions, hence Samuel was prone to being easily influenced by them, but rather he dealt with the sacred things of God by pursuing morality in all he did. Also, Jesus after baptism went in to wilderness to be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. David, having to always tender the sheep and practically leave among them in the bush was also a wilderness experience.
This goes on to say that, being a man after God’s heart has to do with more of a personal encounter with Him rather than a theoretical experience.
Continuing, he explained that believers who have experienced the wilderness:
- Know how to mould their character and charisma and causes an impartation of grace (Philippians 2:5)
- Come out with a mission ( 1 Corinthians 11:1)
- Are people with passion and zeal for the Lord (being sold out to the kingdom business) Philippians 3:10
- Willing to put their life on the line
- Are people of action.
- Are tested and proven. (1Samuel 13:13 -14)
Concluding, he commented on the merits of being a man after God’s heart.
- Able to fulfill the purpose of God
- You will rise to a place of significance and leadership (in time you become kingmakers)
- You leave a legacy which becomes a blessing to your generation and succeeding generations.
- And you will inherit eternal life.
GOD BLESS HIS WORD
[Written by the Excerpt Crew of the Editorial Committee]