There were so many great thoughts to be brought out from the reading we had on Easter Sunday that again I couldn't just let them go by without mentioning at least one of them. So what that means for you is another installment of the MONDAY BONUS BLOG! Have you ever heard a great speech or sermon and just been inspired to go out and "do" something? There are so may great speeches in history that we can point to as examples. Speeches like the Gettysburg address or Lincoln's 2nd inaugural address. Speeches where you only have to say two or three words and everyone knows what you are talking about. Speeches that invite you to get up and march forward for a cause. They are rallying cries and we find ourselves inspired by them. Speeches like, " Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country..." or "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear down this wall.", and who hasn't heard Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream."
All of these bring vivid thoughts and memories to our minds even if we were not there to witness it, and we are still inspired by it, years after the fact. In yesterday's reading we find a young David giving one of these kind of speeches. A speech that inspires the nation of Israel and one that boldly takes his faith to the front lines, literally, where the battle was the the thickest.
The Bible says that he didn't just make his way to the battle line or that he took his time. He Ran! He was a kid with some rocks going up against probably the most skilled warrior in the world at that time and he ran to meet him. No sword, No spear, No armor, No shield, just rocks. His speech and his actions invited the nation of Israel to join a cause. To join something that was bigger than themselves, something that was driven by their love, faith and devotion to God.
I marvel sometimes at the great speechs in scripture. I am not sure if you are like me or not, but I like to read them "audibly" in my head. Thinking about not just what was said but HOW they were said. I highly doubt that David was just speaking in a conversational tone or in some sort of sheepish manner when he RAN toward Goliath saying the following:
"You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give all of you into our hands." - 1 Samuel 17:45-47
Can you Hear it? Can you hear the passion in his voice? Can you just see David's finger pointing at the opposing giant, saying I'm coming for you and you are going down? Can you sense that he means what he says? Can you see the look on his face of pure determination as he runs toward that giant swinging a rock and pointing at his target? There is something very epic about this story and a lot of that is due to this speech, and the emotion that you find in reading it.
Think about the last time you were inspired. Or maybe ask yourself this; Have you inspired others lately? We all have the ability to inspire those who are around us. The question is are we. Are we speaking in such a way as to point people to a cause that is bigger than themselves? Are we inviting people to join us on a "journey", so to speak? Have we presented to others, starting with our families, the purpose for our life and that this purpose, or cause is worth passionately pursuing? Are we running with passion and a sense of reckless abandon for the truth?
What is this cause worth being so passionate about, you might ask? It is the cause of Christ and his Kingdom. He is the cause we fight for in our journey of life. Christ is the "who" we are to inspire others about. Christ is at the center of all we do and is bigger than anything we could be or do because it is through Christ and for Christ that we do it all to begin with. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the purpose, the cause, the journey and HE IS worth passionately following with a sense of reckless abandon because HE IS THE TRUTH.