Seeing Through The Title

I find I am regularly overlooked due to my lower job title.

2 Samuel 16:1-23

Reference: “Then the king said to Ziba, “All that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” “I humbly bow,” Ziba said. “May I find favor in your eyes, my lord the king.”” 2 Samuel‬ ‭16:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I work very hard at whatever I set my mind to. I once heard John Maxwell say we should focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses and I’ve really tried to do that in the work I’ve chosen.

When it comes to any kind of public speaking I don’t take the opportunity lightly. I plan out what I am to say and consider my audience as well as my key points. Due to my preparation and the talent God has given me, I am often commended on presentations.

However, I find I am regularly overlooked to speak due to my lower job title. Even when the topic may perfectly fit me, someone with a higher ranking takes my place.

This is made even more frustrating when I can see they have taken the opportunity flippantly and not had time to give it their best.

Application: I don’t think I am alone when I am being overlooked by another. Our world still looks at positions and titles, even though we have come a long way from the olden days!

It’s comforting to know that at least God looks at our hearts, not our business card credentials. David displayed the same character in 2 Samuel 16.

David had taken his predecessor’s family into his home and his safety. But when David was under conflict they turned on him… Except for their steward.

The steward came to help and provide for David and the King saw the heart of the steward, not just his job title. This changed the steward’s life in a big way.

We can do very little about how people respond to us, but we can determine how we respond to others. We can continue to see people for only their outward position or we can take the time to look to people’s hearts and consider their great potential.

Prayer: Lord, You were very clear that the heart of a person is more important than their outward appearance. May we take the time and be diligent to show the same consideration. Amen.

When have you been overlooked?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

HouryMarch 19, 2016 at 1:40 AMReply

Linda I have a question, how do you respond when a mother overlooks to one of her children? How is this child supposed to react?
Thank you so much for writing these beautiful devotions and God Bless you.