Davids mighty men were sacrificial in their service to David, such that they were willing to sacrifice their lives on the appetite of king David. Let us look at what king David asked for; And David said longingly, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of water from the well of Bethlehem by the gate. And the three mighty men broke through the army of the Philistines and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem by the gate and brought it to David. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to the Lord.” Read 2 Samuel 23:15 (AMPC). Think with me for a moment, David just had an appetite to drink water from a particular well in Bethlehem; and interestingly, the well of Bethlehem was right in the enemies camp. And scripture tells us, David’s men, three in particular broke through the enemy lines of the Philistines to get David’s request actioned. I believe this text requires a far more deeper exegesis and application to what we can learn and apply in our own Christian walk.
Here is a question for you, how far are you willing to go to fulfil Gods purpose for you? How far are you willing to remove obstacles in front of you to achieve Gods purpose for you? Now remember, David’s request was just an appetite for water from a particular well, but God’s request is far more weighty, it has to do with peoples lives. What if God whispered to you His desire for you to go to a place right in the midst of enemy lines (market place, hospital, school) It could be as simple as God requesting you to take a stand about a particular issue in your office, or school; which might just stretch you. It could be a request as simple as God nudging you to pay someones grocery at the supermarket, and would you be willing to be discomforted to execute the counsel of God?
I think as Christians, we have become too comfortable and professional such that we are not willing to step out of our artificial comfort zone. The story of these three men is worthy of emulation, hence I am placing emphasis on their sacrificial works of service to king David. Here is a thought, would David have been able to reward them? Probably and the highest honor he could have given them would have been to promote them, but God is the biggest rewarder of employer loyalty. Selah. Watch this, your sacrifice is an offering and worship to God, and He alone can reward you “exceedingly abundant, above all you can ask or think according to…”
When I read these stories, I am challenged in the area of my service to God. Afterall, Jesus Christ is our model example, and He sacrificed His divinity and royalty in exchange for you and I to benefit from the goodies of the Kingdom. His sacrifice on the cross is what has made it possible for you and I to enjoy the fruit of salvation. In this wise beloved, let our lives be a living sacrifice and worship to God, in Jesus Name. Amen. Sacrifice is never easy, it actually costs you something, it could be your comfort, money, career, ministry, family or life; and if that is the case would you still be willing to go ahead and do Gods bidding? Always remember, “For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” Read Philippians 2:13 (AMP).
I sense strongly the Lord asking, what level of disruption to your routine are you willing to accommodate? Are you happy with ordinary, or are you willing to dare to dream of the extra-ordinary? I have called you to be an extra-ordinary specie of being demonstrating my power and glory in your sphere. Whatever it is you are facing today, look to Jesus who sacrificed His life for you so that you can enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom of God. Don’t be afraid of the sacrifice for it is in it you would see Gods awesome provision of power and strength.
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