Yesterday I posted some observations about the television show THE X-FACTOR. For those unfamiliar, the term “x-factor” is that certain spark, charisma, or charm that turns an ordinary person into a superstar. The television show is looking for a singer with that factor in order to give them a 5 million dollar recording contract.
I’ve known some preachers who’ve had that x-factor. They had the ability to hold the audience spellbound and unaware of the passing of time. There are very few of those (and I’m certainly not one of them). I’ve known some Christians who have had that certain something that gave them the ability to reach people that no one else had been able to reach. They make evangelism seem effortless. There are very few of those as well.
I wonder what God might identify as the x-factor? Commonly heard on the television show are comments like:
*You’ve got the right look
*You’ve got a unique sound
*You’ve got steel in your eye, confidence
All things admired by most people. Those might have been the kind of things that Samuel was looking for as he interviewed Jesse’s children. What a handsome, talented, charismatic family that must have been. Samuel was sure that one of those boys would be the next King of Israel…they had that certain “it”. But God declined. There was one other, a shepherd boy, not even considered worthy for audition. But he was the choice.
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
I’m thankful to God that Simon Cowell isn’t my judge! I don’t have to win over an audience’s approval. I do not have to perform with perfection. I’m so thankful that I’m not in competition with my fellow Christians. But there is an x-factor with God. There are some passages of Scripture that define the kind of heart and life that God expects His people to have. Here are some x-factors from the Bible:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. ~Ecclesiastes 12:13
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~Micah 6:8
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~Matthew 22:37-40
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~James 1:27
There may be others, but these are the kinds of things that God calls attention to in absolute ways. None of us have to be approved by a panel of judges – we are to come before the ultimate Judge, represented by Christ. These are the kinds of things that God will be looking for. Don’t trust your own greatness – he’s looking for something better.
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