January 11, 2013

Today you should read: 2 Samuel 23

I wanted to write today about how cool it would have been to be labeled as one of the “mighty men” of David.  I mean, what man wouldn’t want to have that label?  It would be powerful (and prideful), but really cool to say, “Hi my name is Rich.  I’m a mighty man.”

I decided that instead of writing about “mighty men” that I would write about the big contrast that can be seen in I Samuel 23:1-7.  I’ll be short and sweet today.

The big contrast goes something like this:  Men and Rulers who follow the Lord, like David…

1)      are used as vessels of the Lord (vs. 2)

2)      hear from the Lord (vs. 3)

3)      rule righteously (vs. 3)

4)      enjoy the prosperity of righteousness (vs. 4)

5)      find security in the Lord’s everlasting covenant (vs. 5)

6)      grow in their salvation/faith (vs. 5).

Men and Rulers who do not follow the Lord…

1)      are thrown away like worthless thorns (vs. 6)

2)      face destruction (vs. 7)

This is a basic, foundational truth all throughout Scripture.  Those who follow the Lord are used of the Lord and experience His blessings.  Those who do not follow the Lord are basically useless in His kingdom and they experience destruction.  There are countless examples of this truth in the Scripture.  There are countless examples of this truth in all of our lives as well.  Many of us know people who are experiencing the destruction of not following Jesus.  On the other hand, many of us know people who are experiencing the joy of following the Lord.

I want to be a Christ-follower because it brings glory to God, first and foremost, and because I get to be a vessel to spread His kingdom.  At the same time, I am excited to receive the blessings of being a Christ follower.  The life He gives is so much better than the contrast.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

6 thoughts on “January 11, 2013”

  1. If you’ve never read it, check out Mark Batterson’s book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. It looks closely at verses 20-23, studying Benaiah’s actions. I mean, who chases a lion down into a pit on a snowy day? Maybe God is calling us to do something just as “crazy” today!

    1. Amen Jason. I read Batterson’s book several years ago and it is great. (perhaps the craziest title ever for a book on faith)

      Thanks Rich and all our wonderful staff for faithfully writing the JumpStart commentaries each day.

    2. Love Batterson’s book….after today’s reading thought it might be time for a reread. Oh that we would seek to be mighty warriors for God risking comfort to chase lions!

  2. Good reminders of these contrasts Rich! A life of following Christ is well worth the adventure…..being used for the kingdom….and yes, I agree with Jason…..maybe God IS calling us to do something just that crazy!

  3. Thanks Rich, I just love jumpstart. I appreciate all who have a part in writing these posts every morning. I am excited and can’t wait to see what God has for me each and every day. I think it is so easy for us ( me ) to stay in our comfort zone. I know that God has great things instore for us, if we are just willing to trust him and know that he always goes before us.

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