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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - June 18, 2009

A Man after God’s Own Heart: 1 Samuel 13:14

Jesus was not everyone’s idea of a perfect king. He also came from very humble beginnings – the son of a carpenter. We don’t even know much about what He looked like, how tall He was; which indicates that His looks weren’t outstanding. He who is the Lord over all, humbled Himself to become a man, and a lowly one at that. But His heart was exactly what it should be in God’s eyes – He was truly a man after God’s own heart – and through His work of humiliation, even to the point of death on the cross, the Lord exalted Him over all the kings of the earth.

In closing, consider four things: The call of David was the beginning of a line of kings that would culminate in the coming of Christ to the throne of David – this is how the Lord used this to move His plan forward. That Jesus is now ruling and reigning on the throne of His father David in heaven over all the kings of the earth and every name that is named – so you should have the greatest confidence as you serve Him. As He came from humble beginnings, so His kingdom had humble beginnings; but as He was exalted over all authority, so His kingdom will continue to grow until it fills the whole earth. Finally, remember that your honor in God’s kingdom also doesn’t depend on your height, your looks or your abilities, but on the same thing that Christ’s did: your character. If you want to become like Christ, you must first admit your sins, turn from them and trust in Him alone to enter His kingdom. If you would be useful to the Lord, you must love Him more than your life and serve Him from the heart. And if you would be great in His kingdom, you must humble yourself and become the servant of all. It is the first who will be last, but the last who will be first. Amen.

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