The Church needs new headlines

January 12, 2012 — Leave a comment

Fasting isn’t easy. Neither is praying through.

Reaching your city with the message of the gospel requires much faith and perseverance.

Often we feel like we are wrestling with our hips knocked out of socket. Which is the exact experience that Jacob had the night his name was changed to Israel. Transformation is sometimes painful.

Dreams will often send you to Egypt.

The promise land is full of blessings that are owned by giants.

Giants?

Pretty soon the headlines are filled with stories of giants, while the milk and honey is given one line on the back page.

Generally the giants you fight come 10 feet high, warts included. Should our struggles be our focus?

Giant headlines

While recently reading the classic story of David and Goliath, I noticed something that I had often overlooked. When Israel is describing their adversary they do so from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. Four verses are spent describing this mammoth of a man – warts included.

I Samuel 17:4-7 – And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.

David came to the camp of Israel and noticed some strong but intimidated men cowering in fear. David asked, “Why are you fearful?” They answered, “I will tell you why we are afraid, didn’t you read the description of our adversary?”

David then inquired about killing this giant and heard some amazing truths. The man that killed this giant would get riches, no longer have to pay taxes, and would get to marry one of King Saul’s daughters.

I Samuel 17: 25 – And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man this is come up? Surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

All of this fits in the tale-end of one verse. The reward for killing this giant is mind boggling, and yet gets absolutely no coverage at all. When it finally does make the paper it still has to share its glory with the giant. They can’t mention the reward without prefacing it with more coverage on the giant.

Reward Re:Focus

Where is the four-verse description of Saul’s daughter? 36-24-36, never has morning breath, cleans up real good, and her dad is really rich. They don’t even take the time to give us her name. If they had described the reward in more detail it probably wouldn’t have taken a shepherd boy with a rock and a rag and forty days to get the job done.

Isn’t it crazy we spend more time focusing on the giants and not enough time waxing poetic about our reward?

Paul announced that the secret to his continual pressing was the prize.

Jesus said He was able to overcome the cross because of the joy that was set before Him.

Jacob out of his mind in love with Rachel proclaimed that seven years of hard labor felt like a few days, because he couldn’t quit thinking about the reward.

A focus switch is needed. Our reward needs to cover the front page. Our Goliaths shouldn’t even make the paper.