Stay In The Bag
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:40
David put the five smooth stones in the bag. Let us examine the significance of this in church setting today. First, the five smooth stones represent the fivefold ministry of Jesus Christ (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher). The bag is like church setting. Every ministry functions from within the church. No ministry functions in isolation. The stones were put in the bag. And when he wanted to shoot, he simply reached into the bag and took thence a stone, and slang and smote the philistine (1Samuel 17:49). Notice also that he used the sling to shoot the stone.
The sling is like the ministry arms of the church, the helps ministry. If there is no help, no matter how good the stone is, it will not go. So you see, when God organizes things, it is for a purpose. That is why nobody is permitted to be idle in the church. No one is permitted. You will be doing yourself a world of damage if you are idle in the church.
Likewise, nobody is supposed to function in a rebellious way. You function according to order All things must be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40). The stones were all in the bag. They were not struggling to jump out of the bag. They were waiting for their appointed time and season. And when it was time to shoot, David took one of them. The other stones didnt say Take me. The rest were quiet, silent and ready saying: It is this persons turn now. It will be my turn next. When we understand this principle, there will be no place for jealousy, and envy and all types of contention in the church. We all have our different positions. Every one of us is important in the body. Let us stay in the bag. You are the next in line for a miracle. Today, I declare concerning you that you have moved from the place of defeat to the place of victory.
Further reading: 1Samuel 17:40-51, Ephesians 4:4-16. Daily Bible Reading: Morning: Jeremiah 3-5; Evening 1 Timothy 4