Why did God chose David to be king of Israel (1 Samuel 16)?
One reason is that when nobody was watching him-not his father, his mother or his brothers-he was faithful with his work. When he was out in the wilderness watching over his father’s sheep and a wild animal approached, he did not say "What can I do? I’m just a small boy and my stronger brother aren’t here to rescue the sheep.I’ll just climb a tree and watch the animal destroy part of the flock".No, David went after the wild animals and killed them, saving his father’s sheep. Even though no one was looking over his shoulder to see what he did every minute of every day, he understood the importance of walking in integrity before his Lord. We must live with the same understanding and let it direct the way we spend our day and do our work.
My brothers and sisters, we are not our own. We have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). And not only were we bought with a high price, we have been called to be servants of God. Therefore, let us live accordingly honoring God by the decisions we make in the work He has entrusted to us. Let us be faithful stewards of our time and work, making the most of each day and the opportunity the Lord gives us.
from Against the Wind by K.P. Yohannan
Against the Wind: Finishing Well in a World of Compromise
By K.P. Yohannan