Today's devotion from 1 Chronicles 12.

It is one thing to devote oneself to the service of the king, but to desert to a man exiled and in hiding is something completely different. The chronicler painstakingly lists those who followed David even during his time living as an outcast. His words are strong. In several different places he reminds his readers that some of these were deserting from Saul even though he was still the legitimate ruler in the eyes of many as well as a fellow tribesman of many.

When they came to him, they knew what they the stakes. They knew their roles. This would not be easy. In fact, the chronicler writes, "All these warriors, lined up in battle formation, came to Hebron wholeheartedly determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of Israel was also of one mind to make David king." (1 Chronicles 12:38, CSB) Do you see the wording? This was not a peaceful sit-in. This was not a strongly worded letter to the editor. This was not a frustrated conversation over coffee at the local McDonald's. This was preparation for battle. They pledge their lives to his service with singleness of purpose. They would fight to make him king.

Shouldn't those coming to Christ do so arrayed for battle? When we gather for worship, shouldn't we be even more devoted to the cause of Christ than these were? Why do we spend so much energy and effort trying to convince culture of how nice we are instead of fighting for our culture in the name of our King? Have we been lulled to sleep by the idea of nice Christianity when Christ Himself said, "Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Matthew 10:34, CSB)

Our battle may not be physical, but that doesn't make it any less real. This is why Paul provided an inventory of our equipment in Ephesians 6. Take time to dress for battle, and prepare to fight for the King.