Champions are people we admire. We would like to emulate what they do and achieve.
I remember two champions in 1 Samuel 17. They were Goliath and David.
Goliath was the big guy, the champion of the people, who taunted the Israelites night and day for 40 days. David was the young guy who was a mere shepherd boy who felt like a stranger in the world of war between the Philistines and the Israelites.
Goliath was fully armed while David had only his sling and five stones.
Who would you choose as your chamipion? Surely the one who is fully armed and already the champion of the people.
Who would attract you more and fill your mind ? The one with the loud taunts or the one who had a softer voice?
Goliath was a Philistine, one of those whom the Israelites could not drive out from the land of Canaan. He was self confident.
David was the shepherd boy who knew his limits and when faced with a bear and a lion, knew that he could confidently trust in his faithful God – only Godcould and had saved him. Listen to what he said:
1 Samuel 17:46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
Which champion are you more akin to? Loud and full of self bravado or like David, humble and confident in what God can do?
Goliath was killed by a stone from David’s sling.
David lived to tell the story of God’s great save of the people of Israel from the taunting enemy, for the Lord directed the stone right to the giant’s forehead.
Are you being killed by your self confidence and pride or are you like David experiencing the salvation of God in your life and telling of His great love?
Who’s your Champ? I know who mine is – surely the one who survived to tell the story!
Be careful who you follow.
The one who looks good and starts out well may not be the right one to follow. Didn’t the devil have a good start and where is he now? still trying to rustle up a following to hell where he is headed and doomed..
And Christ? The people did not think well of his start on earth,but He rose from the dead and is sat down on the right hand of the Father and He is interceding for you on earth awaiting the time when He will be King of kings and Lord of lords.
Who are you following? The defeated or the Victorious?
Who is your Champ?
If you have not chosen, choose you this day whom you will serve.