Daily Devotion

March 5, 2012

Mighty Men and Women of God (3)

“All these men of war…were of one mind to make David king.” 1Ch 12:38 NKJV

Here’s another quality that set David’s “mighty men” apart from others: They understood the importance of connection, unity, and strong relationships. “All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel.” Did you know that when Roman soldiers went into battle, their shields, which protected them from chin to toe, were linked to one another forming a wall of defense? What a picture! The Bible instructs us to pray for one another, defend one another, strengthen one another, sharpen one another, bear one another’s burdens, and yes, lovingly confront one another when it’s called for. When you have a stubborn habit you can’t conquer on your own, you need someone to support you and keep you accountable. You only mature spiritually as you connect with spiritually mature people. Paul addresses those who couldn’t work with anybody and always wanted to go off and do their own thing: “There should be no schism in the body, but…the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually” (1Co 12:25-27 NKJV). Disconnected from other believers you are like a body part without the benefit of a brain, a blood supply, a source of nutrition, a system that eliminates toxins, etc. Literally, you are incapable of getting anywhere or accomplishing anything worthwhile. So the word for you today is, “Keep rank!”