Summary: I’m Mad We are born with them. We are often driven by them. Our emotions can help us and hurt us. The real challenge? Can our emotions help us Make a Difference?
Pt. 4 - We Got to Move
We have been talking about how we communicate anger. Did you know there are even unique ways to say you are angry in different parts of our country? If you are from Nevada, you might say "Get one's chin out." In Kentucky, "I'm chewin' fire!" In the North rather than "I am about to have a cow" it is "I'm about to have kittens!" In New England, "I am about to feather white!" In the west, "I am in a horns and rattles mood." The way we say it varies. Unfortunately, how we handle anger usually doesn't. We allow anger to destroy us and those around us. However, if we could ever learn to allow that anger to move, motivate, and jump start us to productive action we could change the world. David must have had this ability to help people make this hard transition. We are familiar with the angry, chewin' fire, feather white crowd he drew together.
TEXT: 1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NIV)
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
There were men who were in some kind of trouble, men who owed a lot of money, and men who were just not satisfied with life. (Bitter about life.)
Broke, busted and disgusted.
And yet these angry men learn to graduate, mature, and handle their anger until they MAD. We are trying to learn how they did that!
Let's go back and another example of these men and see if we can discover how they did it.
TEXT: 2 Samuel 23:13-17 (GW)
At harvest time three of the thirty leading men came to David at the cave of Adullam when a troop from the Philistine army was camping in the valley of Rephaim. While David was in the fortified camp, Philistine troops were at Bethlehem. When David became thirsty, he said, “I wish I could have a drink of water from the well at the city gate of Bethlehem.” So, the three fighting men burst into the Philistine camp and drew water from the well. They brought it to David, but he refused to drink it. He poured it out as an offering to the Lord and said, “It’s unthinkable that I would do this, Lord. This is the blood of men who risked their lives!” So, he refused to drink it.
This part of the account stands in stark contrast to the other accounts we have reviewed. We talked about the incredible actions of Eleazar, Shammah, and Abishai. Three great stories. But this story is different. In fact, I have read this part of the list before and dismissed it. Passed right over it as almost a needless addition to the account of the 3 top mighty men. But now I see something here that if we aren't careful, we not only miss in the narrative, but also miss as key principles to moving from mad to MAD. We got to move!
We must move from gift to gifts!
All the accounts we mentioned so far and that are yet to be read all notate the activities of one man. One man who stood against incredible odds to make a difference. However, there are moments that are moments that in order to make a difference you must cooperate with others. The nature of the challenge that is before you will require you to join your gift with the gifts of someone else. The only way they pulled this feat off was to go together. In other words, to make a difference you can’t always do your own thing! YOU WILL NEED OTHERS! It isn't that you can't make a difference individually. It isn't that there won't be moments where you will have to make a solitary stand. It is that there will be occasions in which the task must be accomplished by many gifts combined. It usually isn't the size of task that is the issue. It is the size of the team. That is why we can look around when someone gets tired and usually determine that what is causing them to grow weary and quit isn't the task. It is the lack of team to perform the task. Scripture bears this out in Leviticus 26 when God promises that five of you will pursue 100, and 100 of you will pursue 10,000.” In other words, God cooperates with us when we cooperate with one another and we move from addition to multiplication. We need people to travel with and fight with if we want to make the most difference. Some of us are making the difference we can make. However, the difference made could be exponentially greater if we would find move from gift to gifts! That is why we challenge you to serve. The victories won will be greater with your gift in the mix. Some of you sit on the sidelines because you think the team is full and your gift doesn't matter. If you would simply add your gift to someone else's gift the most difference would be made!