I shared about the greatest of this group. They were simply known as “The Three”. Men named Josheb, Eleazar, and Shammah. But with these three, it wasn’t just about boldness. It was their heart that made the difference.
Here they are at a place called Adullam, with David. David’s home town, Bethlehem, was under Philistine control. Israel’s enemy actually had a military post there. Soldiers were housed there.
At one point, David starts to get homesick.
David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!”
2 Samuel 23:15
He was simply musing about his home. But it didn’t end there.
So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD.
“Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men.
2 Samuel 23:16-17
Do you hear the heartbeat of these men? They weren’t ordered to do this. No one asked them to do it. There was no memo – “If anyone has some free time…”
David didn’t need this water. He was just talking – “You know what I miss, the water of Bethlehem.”
I can picture the looks on the faces of The Three. They probably didn’t have to say a word to each other as they quietly slipped away during the night.
How many things need to be done in the kingdom of God these days? When asked, some reply, “I just don’t feel called.”
Other times you ask why something went undone. You hear things like, “Nobody asked”; or, “I don’t like the way I was asked.”
I think that it’s funny sometimes when we look at incredible international ministries and successes. Many times we find that they’re being done by people who started small, just meeting a little need that they came across.
“I could have done that.”
But you didn’t.
“I didn’t know it would grow that big.”
They didn’t either. Do you think these mighty men said, “If we bring David this water, we’re definitely getting our names in the Bible.”?
It’s clear from the Scripture that the mighty take the initiative. They don’t need to be asked, begged, or coerced.
Too many good people were clueless in Israel. Others were content to be in the 600. But to be one of the mighty requires more. Is that your goal?
Spend time in the presence of the Lord – then do what He impresses upon your heart. That’s the start of greatness.
Question: What is God prompting you to do for Him?
© Nick Zaccardi 2017