6/29/16: We Need Each Other
I love people. I love being around people, meeting people, talking to people, getting to know people, teaching people, and hearing the stories people have to tell. My husband, on the other hand, is a more private person. He likes his solitude and interchanges with just one person or with only a few people at a time. Both of the ways we operate are fine; one’s not right or wrong, better or worse, we’re just different. But something is true of us both: whether it’s a lot or a little, we both need people at one time or another.
God created mankind to have fellowship with Him and with one another. We are social, relational beings. We’re on the planet to give God glory and to enrich each other’s lives. Each of us has an obligation to use our gifts and resources to enhance someone else. Nowhere is that concept more clear than as we look at the early reign of King David.
I Chronicles chapters 11 and 12 detail the coming together of David’s army of mighty men. Verse after verse articulates the prowess of the men who rallied around the new king. For example, Joab became chief because he went up first to attack and take the City of David (11:4-7); Jashobeam became a chief of the captains because he killed 300 men at one time all by himself (11:11); and Benaiah won a name and was appointed over the guard by killing two lion-like heroes of Moab, killing a lion in a pit on a snowy day, and wresting a huge spear out of a giant Egyptian’s hand and killing the giant with it (11:22-25). David was no dummy; he knew who to put in charge of the ranks.
Still, David had to be careful about whom he allowed close to him. When some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah approached David to join up, he said to them, “If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment” 1 Chronicles 12:17 (NKJ). As we read on, we’re told that these men too were on David’s side. David ended up with hundreds of thousands of men around him. We read in 1 Chronicles 12:38 “All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king” (NKJ).
So what do we learn from this story? First, we see that God will bring around us those who have the gifts we need to do the job He’s appointed and anointed us to do. Second, our gifts have a purpose for the enrichment of someone beside ourselves. Third, when we operate in our areas of giftedness, everyone prospers. And fourth, everyone cannot be accepted into our circle on face value alone. We should ask some questions to see whether or not people come peaceably and are united with us in heart.
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