The book of 1 Samuel tells the story of David and Goliath.
At one point early in the story, a young shepherd named David arrives at the Israelite’s war camp with food for his older brothers. While at the camp David is shocked to learn that a sinful, godless “giant” (Goliath) is being allowed to mock and blaspheme the one true God.
In an attempt to find out why Goliath hasn’t been stopped, David asks his brothers, “Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam 17.29, KJV)
The Oxford English Dictionary provides the following definition for “cause:”
1 a person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition.
▶ reasonable grounds for a belief or action.
2 a principle or movement which one is prepared to defend or advocate.
▶ something deserving of support.
As followers of Jesus, Christians most certainly have a cause. We follow a Person who leads us to rise to action. We have reasonable grounds for belief and action. In accepting Christ as our Forgiver and Leader, we are joining a movement worthy of our defense, our advocacy, and our support.
That movement–that cause–is building the ever-growing Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
His Kingdom is our blessing, calling, responsibility, and reward!
Matthew 28:18–20 (NLT)
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Is There Not a Cause?
a sermon preached by Pastor Bill on April 19th, 2009