All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.
1 Samuel 22:2
One group of people who rallied around David was those who were in debt. In the Old Testament the root word of being in debt is led astray.
Spiritually speaking, there are Christians today who have been led astray and now feel indebted to the world. They’re chasing after the things of the world and have obligated themselves. Now they can’t totally live for the Lord because of it.
It’s time to call them to Christ. We need to get strong in the Lord and break the hold that the world has over us.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
God is calling His strays back into the harvest field.
“I used to go to church.”
Don’t you want to fulfill your calling? It’s time for you to get back into the spiritual battle. Hear the Word of the Lord. Get strong again.
Think about when David and men came into town for supplies. The debt collectors didn’t go near them. There was strength in numbers. It’s the same in the body of Christ.
Sometimes people make it sound so holy.
“I don’t need church. I’m living for God – it’s just me and Jesus.”
The fact is that the devil has an easy time beating up the “lone ranger” Christians. It’s time to get back into the safety of God’s people.
These believers need to get back on the road to their calling. We can’t fulfill our destiny all alone. We need each other.
Maybe you feel bruised and battered. It might have even been at the hands of church people. I have to admit that there are some churches that do more harm than good.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Jesus Christ has established His church as a place of healing, growth, and worship. Don’t allow the foolishness of others to rob you of your destiny.
For every church that hurts people, there are many others that fulfill God’s calling to bring healing to the broken. You need to overcome your hurt, and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring you to a body of believers who are living correctly for Christ.
Believe it or not, your hurt is only temporary. God wants to put you back on your feet to live for Him. Don’t waste another day missing your calling. Do what it takes to overcome the attack of the enemy that was meant to destroy you.
Let God have the final Word in your life. You can overcome in Christ.
Question: How has the Lord brought you victoriously through hurts in the past?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016