Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, “Has not the Lord anointed you leader over his inheritance?”
1 Samuel 10:1 (NIV)
Samuel went back to God: “Is he anywhere around?” God said, “Yes, he’s right over there—hidden in that pile of baggage.”
1 Samuel 10:22 (MSG)
If you’ve watched the news at all recently, you’ve probably seen New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a number of the nation’s top headlines.
Sworn into his 2nd term on just yesterday, Gov. Christie’s administration has been swarmed with controversial allegations ranging from bullying by administration officials to allegations of retaliation surrounding the fall 2013 Ft. Lee bridge lane closings—now being dubbed as “Bridgegate.”
Christie is widely considered to be a top contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination; yet a few political pundits have begun debating whether or not these recent allegations—and the baggage that undoubtedly comes with them—could possibly spell trouble for Christie’s long-term political future.
Regardless of what you believe to be true about these allegations, one thing’s for sure—Christie isn’t the first politician who’s had to deal with baggage and he won’t be the last.
Here in 1 Samuel 10:1, we find the prophet Samuel anointing a young man named Saul to be Israel’s very first king. Because this anointing would have positioned Saul to be for Israel what George Washington was for America, this was kind of a big deal with national implications!
Fast forward later in the same chapter and in vs. 17 Samuel decides to summon the children of Israel together to publicly witness Saul’s formal swearing in ceremony.
The people of Israel excitedly show up for the ceremony…Samuel does too…even God Himself is there…
But there’s one small problem…Saul is nowhere to be found at his own inauguration!
When Samuel goes to God in vs. 22 and asks about Saul’s whereabouts, God answers Samuel in the weirdest way…
God says that Saul is hiding from everyone in a pile of baggage.
Saul is young, handsome, and is minutes away from being king. He’s elected not by the people of Israel but by God Himself. And what’s the one thing holding him back from launching forward into his God-given call and promising political future?—one word…BAGGAGE.
Thousands of years later after Saul’s disappearing act, many people today are still hiding behind their baggage every single day…
We hide behind a pile of baggage whenever we make excuses for why we feel inadequate to do what God has instructed us to do…
We hide behind a pile of baggage whenever we dwell on our past mistakes and say to ourselves internally that we’re not worthy to be used by God…
We hide behind the baggage whenever we focus on bad decisions we’ve made in our past that satan wants to use to convince us we’re not worthy to lead others…
Satan’s goal is to get you to carry around his negative baggage with you wherever you go. If you let him, he’ll even offer to help you unpack it as you walk into your future.
You will never have room for what God wants to place into your hands until you first release any wrong baggage that you’ve been holding on to.
Don’t allow the baggage of your past to keep you from what God has in store for you in your future.
There are some things in life that you must let go of in order to pursue God to the place and at the pace that He desires for you.
Saul struggled with his baggage of insecurity, low self-esteem, and jealousy throughout most of his life. His issues unfortunately not only undermined his political future, they also ruined his whole life, family, and ministry.
Set aside some quiet time this week and ask God to help reveal to you any negative baggage in your life that’s weighing you down.
Begin unpacking anything that He reveals to you. Let go of negative thoughts from your past and begin replacing them with thoughts based on what God says in His Word about that area of your life.
It’s time to start traveling a little lighter my friend…