Avengers vs. Justice League…the Bible has it’s own version :)

Posted: September 10, 2014 in thought to ponder

Are you an avengers fan? I’m more of a justice league guy rather than the avengers. I’m a fan of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne but the Avengers really made a big impact in the movies.

You see, a lot of movies are focused on the superheroes (Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, just to name a few) and you would be able to see that one man would have supernatural powers, fight the bad guys, rescue the damsel in distress, and save the day. We think of it as fantasy, far from reality.

The Bible recorded amazing feats similar to these heroes. Reading through 2 Samuel 23:8 – 39, You have Joe Bass (Josheb-Basshebeth, I am inventing names here!!!) who singlehandedly killed 800 men in one encounter (think…Incredible hulk, you don’t want to mess with this guy). You have Eli (Eleazar) who stood his ground until his hand grew tired and froze to the sword (think…wolverine, instead of claws…sword!). Then you have Sham (Shammah) who defended a field of beans and had a great victory over the Philistines. And to think, Sham’s name means desolation or waste. Who would call a child, waste?

Some were on offense and others were on defense. Joe Bass and Eli were on the offensive while Sham was more on the defensive. But whatever their task was, they did it without any news of them complaining or comparing with each other.

The mighty men of David did not start out as mighty. They were once upon a time, runaways. They were in debts, they had problems and they did not have anywhere to run to so they came to David in a time when he was hiding in the caves.

David could have told them to go home. Or tell them that he has problems of his own. Or that he is too busy playing hide and seek with Saul and that they find their own caves to hide into. But David accepted them, molded them to be the mighty men that they are now.

So what’s in it for you?

We are in a church not as benchwarmers. Some of us have problems of our own. Some would even label us as “nobody” and others are waiting for us to fail. We have to do our task. David’s mighty men did not become mighty overnight. They stayed with David in the caves. They were with David when they were foraging for food, or when they were running away from Saul. They were nobodies. Then over time, God transformed them into mighty men. Call them the special forces at their time.

You and I are called in our church for a particular reason. I dream of one day, seeing one of us being labeled as “mighty men”. In our eyes, we may be nobodies but in God’s eyes, He has a plan and purpose for us. Press on, and let’s do our task!

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