Imagine this. You’re running for your life, in constant fear. A former friend has turned against you and now is intent on killing you! All of a sudden you’re trapped; surrounded by your foe and a group of strong men. Your enemy, however, does not realize that you’re within arm’s length and, while he’s temporarily occupied, you very silently and unobtrusively snip off a piece of his coat. You’re not alone, either. A number of armed guys are ready to defend you to the death, if need be. All you need to do is give a signal and you’ll be forever free from your arch enemy! Instead, the instant you cut the cloth you feel remorse for doing so! You yell out to the retreating adversary, who instantly spins around. You simply ask him why he had been listening to false accusations about him, show him the proof of how he could be ‘history,’ and calmly proceed to tell him you refused to commit such an act because he was anointed! And yes, you not only did it this time, but yet another time when you got a second chance! No, this is not a story about rival gangs.
David had been anointed to become king over Israel. But Saul, who was still on the throne, was exceedingly jealous of David and his victories, including the slaying of Goliath. Saul had lost his anointing because of disobedience to God, and was plagued by demons. Even so David, who honored God with all his heart, was keenly aware of what it meant to be have The Lord’s anointing on his life, and would not touch anyone who had been set apart for the purposes of God! Amazingly, David’s acts of homage and humility caused true remorse in Saul, who wept, blessed him, called him his son, and even entrusted him with the preservation of his family name!(1 Sam. 24; 1 Sam. 26) No, the truce did not last long as evil had the upper hand over Saul.
But who are you? No; you’re not a gang leader being pursued, neither are you a king, so how does this story apply to you?
“Jesus Christ … hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5: 10) If you are are born of the Spirit (John 3: 6) you are indeed God’s anointed, as are your fellow believers!
God’s commandment is to love all men, even your enemies. How much more then are you to treat with reverence all your fellow kings and priests. If only you could get a glimpse in the spiritual realm and see how God sees us! You would experience the Father’s awesome joy and love, and marvel at the robe of righteousness and the royal diadem He placed on each one of us! (Isa. 62: 2-3)
Are you trying to see the Body of Christ in the manner of David, with awe and reverence? Or do you find yourself using only your earthly senses, and thereby allowing offence and envy to set in, like the brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son? (Luke 15: 25-32) David had such an awesome, holy fear of the Lord that it overshadowed the fact that his fellow anointed was after his life!
“Let nothing be done in vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” “Do all things without murmurings and disputings, That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” (Phil. 2: 3-4;14-15)