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“Adullam’s Champions” by Kirk Hunt
And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David:
2 Samuel 23:15–16 KJV
Please also read 2 Samuel 23:8–17
Adino, Eleazar and Shammah. The elite three among David’s forces. The kind of men to go deep behind enemy lines to get a canteen of water.
These are not the same men recruited at Adullam. They are no longer deadbeats, losers or whiners. David’s moment of nostalgia and homesickness becomes a chance to display their strength. And encourage the heart and spirit of their chosen leader.
Did these men spring out of the earth, champions? Scripture does not record that scene. Instead, Scripture records their act of selflessness and encouragement.
God intends for you to become a champion. Where you start is less important than following His plan for your life. Your service in His Kingdom is the primary tool to change you. For the better.
Perhaps you already are a champion. Have you engaged in a heroic effort, just to encourage someone? Only a champion would unobtrusively schedule a perilous victory for someone else’s benefit.
God’s Kingdom is full of opportunities, big and small. To encourage, bless and build up others in Christ. His intends for you to be a champion. Go do your faith hero stuff.
Think: Men and women are made champions in God’s service.
Pray: “Lord, help me to become the champion You intend.”
Copyright © April 2013, Kirk Hunt
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