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Shammah’s Lentils

2 Samuel 23:11-12 And next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee the Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at Lehi, where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the men fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and struck down the Philistines, and the Lord worked a great victory.

Shammah shot to fame as one of David’s mighty men because he stood his ground to defend a plot of lentils.

I would not have blamed him for taking off like his colleagues; that field probably had no strategic purpose (otherwise the Bible would have mentioned so) and incidentally, it was part of the stew mix that Esau gave his birthright up for. Additionally, lentils are perhaps one of the most insignificant things to spend his life defending!

Yet here was a man who took it upon himself that since it was his mission to defend that lentil plot, that he would do so with his life.

In applying this truth, could it be that the reason we go to work without purpose, retreat into day-dreaming of greener pastures, etc. is because we view the land that He has sent us to as one of mere lentils instead of the mission ahead? Perhaps it is time for us to take a Kingdom perspective of work and mission; start seeing your workplace as His mission field!

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