It is often said that behind a man’s glory is always a story, his story. There was a man who lived before the time of Christ, as young shepherd boy he walked with God and though he was not perfect his love for God was sure. He served God and loved God to the point where God called him friend. God made His boast in him and promised him an everlasting throne. Centuries later in Israel this friend of God is still being celebrated like no other mortal king that ever lived. But behind all these glories, at the foundation of these celebrations is his commitment to God…
Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me. When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them. They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
We all seek greatness, whether or not we realize it, we all seek to be blessed. But if we ask ourselves “How far can I go for God?” How would that affect our daily choices and priorities?