Kinda stuck on the story of the never-to-be-king-of-Israel Prince Jonathan and his faithful #2, the nameless armor bearer. For sake of discussion, we’ll just call him Joe. (Good Jewish nickname.)
Recap: Jon said to Joe, “Let’s go up this hill and fight these Philistines, and perhaps God will give us victory.”
Things that Joe could have said:
- “Surely, you jest.”
- “Let’s toss a coin.”
- “You go first.” And, of course, the ever-popular…
- “#*!!%#! NO!”
But that’s not what he said, thankfully. I quote: “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.” (1 Samuel 14:7 NLT)
Sheesh. Then in addition to that, the account goes on to say that “they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them.” Joe dug into the project with both hands and feet, and brought up the rear while Jon took care of the front.
Some people are created to be Indians, and some people are created to be Chiefs. I’ve done both, and have decided that I prefer Indian. But being Chief has taught the value, the extreme necessity, of having good Indians following you. It’s a skill, even more so, it’s a gift, even a calling. If you’ve ever been in charge of a project with people who do not share your vision or passion, you know the score.
Jesus made a similar point when He talked about His role as the Good Shepard versus merely the hired hand. People who are “hired” have no vested interest, no shared pain or courageous willingness to dig into the hillside with both hands and feet, only to be greeted at the top by those who want their head.
And it is when I am called to battle that I discover into which category I belong…
Check it out:
1 Samuel 14