Emily Belle Freeman



Living Authentically: I Cannot Go With These…

1 Samuel 17

When you don't know what to do with what you've been entrusted with, give it your best effort (and by that, I mean your most authentic effort).

Then trust God to perform His glory.

It's what I've been thinking about since I left church today.  Actually, I've been thinking about David.

His story.  His Goliath.

For some reason all the little pieces of that story came together in a big way for me today.

You remember the story.  How a giant of a man wielding a javelin, a spear, and a sword called out to an entire army challenging one man to a single combat.  How David, a humble shepherd boy answered the call ––in defense of His God, in an effort to show the whole world that there was a God in Israel.

God gave David a great responsibility.  It required David to do something.  To be faithful to the call.

In preparation Saul fitted him for the task with armor, a helmet of brass, and a coat of mail.  Then David girded his sword upon his armor and made ready to go.

In that moment something important happened.  Something I haven't ever paid attention to before.  Something that has caused me to think all day today.

David stopped in his tracks.

Then he turned back to Saul and said, "I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them.  And David put them off him."  (1 Samuel 17:39)

He picked up his staff and his shepherd's bag, and took 5 smooth stones and the name of the Lord and his faith…

And then David ran to meet the Philistine.

He entered the challenge as his most authentic self, bringing the skill and experience and gifts and abilities God had blessed him with.

He brought what he had to offer and he left the results to God.

We live in a world that rages with the battle between good and evil.  On a daily basis we are called out in single combat to fight for the cause of the Lord.  I don't know about you, but sometimes I wonder what I have to offer to this cause.

This week I heard the call to arms from a man I greatly admire.  To flood the earth with goodness.  To receive inspiration and guidance about the role we should play through social media.

I thought of those I follow.  It's tempting to try on their armor.

But the invitation to receive inspiration and guidance came with counsel.  Be authentic and consistent.

Like David.

So, we spent the afternoon discussing what we might do on this blog that would be authentic and consistent to who we are.  This is what we discovered: We love the scriptures.  We love finding the application to our everyday life.  And we love discovering a daily invitation that we can work on from the scripture reading.

So from now on every single post will have those three things:

A set of scripture verses or a chapter you can read. A lesson on how those verses apply to our every day life. A daily invitation.

It's what we have to offer to the responsibility God has entrusted us with…

It is our authentic effort to help flood the earth with goodness.

How about you?

Here is your Daily Invitation:

What Goliath are you facing right now? What skill and experience and gifts and abilities has God blessed you with that might aid you in your effort to accept the responsibilities that God has given you? How will you approach that responsibility authentically?

Receive the invitations daily on instagram…follow us @adailyinvite.

Live Authentically

Emily Freeman