Rise up shepherd boy!

Little boys (and girls too!) often don a cape and mask and engage in acting out their imaginative fantasies of being a hero. As adults, we still have those fantasies, though most of the time without the full costume. (Well, most of the time…)

hero igor-ovsyannykov-225463As an adult, you don’t have to have super powers, a costume, and secret identity to be a hero. In fact, heroes come in all sizes, shapes, races, cultures, and however else you want to subdivide our species. However, a dual-commonality between heroes of Hollywood or comic book fame and real-life is they have unexpected beginnings and are more about heart than strength. A real hero is not defined by how much they can bench press or how fast they are. They are defined by their actions. They are defined by their heart.

And that’s where I would like to take us now.

Do you remember the infamous story in the Bible where David fought Goliath? This was not only epic, it was God-ordained. How was it not? After all, who, in their right mind, would let a “beardless” shepherd boy with no formal warrior training, go toe-to-toe with the largest, fiercest Philistine?

This was just the beginning of an epic calling God had for young David. As a shepherd, David would fend off attacks on his flock by predatory animals by using a club or a sling and stones. He was not armed in any other fashion other than the staff he would use to reach and catch sheep and a club. Slaying a lion and bear to protect his flock was, in his mind, all in a day’s work.

I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!
– 1 Samuel 17:36

You see, David’s secret weapon was being underestimated. His ultimate weapon was not the sling and stones, but rather the favor of God through his faith. We all have access to this favor. Though our purpose may not be to slay a giant, it is to slay the things in our lives that represent the giants.

Whatever went through King Saul’s mind to let David fight the giant is beyond me. But he consented because David’s faith won him over.

Are you like that shepherd boy? We all want to be. We want to be somebody. We want to be the hero. The only problem is, we can’t be the hero if we are not willing to rise up and accept the favor God has for us! We need to be willing to heed God’s calling for our life.

What are the giants in your life that need a stone between the eyes?
How will you fight those giants? And with what?
Will you run quickly to your giants as David did?
Will you embrace victory or fall to defeat?

Heroes are not born, they rise to the occasion. Out of a renewed resolution to be of great faith, a hero is born. Rise up and be the person God made you to be!

Photo Credit: Igor Ovsyannykov, Unsplash.com

Trey Campbell, treycampbell1010@gmail.com
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