Linked Arms

Linked Arms

27 April 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 142; Matthew 14


These are the chiefs of David’s Mighty Men, the ones who linked arms with him as he took up his kingship, with all Israel joining in, helping him become king in just the way God had spoken regarding Israel. (1 Chronicles 11:10 MSG)

What a list of heroes! As I read this chapter today I was immediately struck by the contrast between David’s Mighty Men and Saul’s army. The earlier chapters of Samuel tell that whenever Saul saw a strong young man he drafted him into the army. David’s men came to him – they volunteered because they were inspired by his passion and his character and they eagerly followed his leadership.

1 So David got away and escaped to the Cave of Adullam. When his brothers and others associated with his family heard where he was, they came down and joined him. 2 Not only that, but all who were down on their luck came around—losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts. David became their leader. There were about four hundred in all. (1 Samuel 22:1-2 MSG)

The men who initially gathered to David and became his all-volunteer army were down on their luck, losers, and misfits! As these men followed David, they were changed from a rag-tag lot to David’s Special Forces.

I am a volunteer in God’s army, not a draftee. During the Vietnam War I was drafted, I served my time, stayed alive, and then got out and got on with my life. We called people who re-enlisted “lifers.” I have signed up to be a “lifer” in God’s army!

For all of us, a rag-tag bunch of misfits and losers, to become God’s Mighty Men and Women it takes three things: 1) Jesus, a leader who is worth following; 2) Intimate personal relationship with that leader; and 3) A culture that makes room for us to do some crazy things just to see if we can do them!

I’m re-enlisting for a life-time tour of duty in God’s all-volunteer army! Want to join?


Father, I am a volunteer and not a draftee in your army. I re-enlist today for the longest possible term of service. I like following Jesus and I like serving in your army. Thanks for allowing me the privilege.

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