To be a mighty man, or woman of God, requires us to make a choice. We must choose Christ, and Christ alone, regardless of the consequences.
Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty men, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the men of Israel retreated, but he stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead. 2 Samuel 23:9-10 NIV
Men (or women) of God stand their ground....even if they have to stand alone.
You can’t be a lukewarm Christian and be a mighty man of God. Jesus said that kind of Christian made Him want to vomit. To be a mighty man of God, one must be willing to stand firm on the solid Rock of Jesus Christ.
Eleazar stood firm. The rest of the Israelites ran in fear. They returned only after the battle was won, and then they came back just to share in the spoils! Many times, if you want to be a mighty man of God, you will have to go against the grain of society.
I wish it weren’t the case, but if I want ESPN (Sports Television), which my boys and I enjoy, I have to take a cable package that includes programming I don’t want for my family. That’s a tough decision I have had to make, but I believe it is best for us. Sometimes, living the committed Christian life means that we make sacrifices and discipline ourselves so that we are better able to defend the cause of Christ.
If you are going to really get serious about your Christian walk, what changes would you have to make? Are you willing to stand, even if you have to stand alone, to obey what God calls you to do? Do you have your feet firmly fitted in the Truth of God’s Word so that you are able to stand firm when the Devil comes your way, attempting to get you off the path of Christ?
To be a mighty man, or woman of God, requires us to make a choice. We must choose Christ, and Christ alone, regardless of the consequences. But, praise God, the mighty man of God will be highly rewarded for his/her commitment to Christ.