David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.
As King Saul became a rage-driven madman, David became a cave-dwelling fugitive. Israel's beloved hero lost his position, his popularity--and even his wife. David lost everything but God. King Saul had everything but God. Therefore, King Saul had nothing... and David would gain more than he lost, beginning with a new band of followers. The world called them misfits.
So David became a misfit--to bring them acceptance. He became brokenhearted--to bring them healing. He became poor--to bring them wealth. He became oppressed--to bring them freedom. He became an outcast--to bring them home.
David began the job Jesus would finish: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'God sets the solitary in families' (Psalm 68:6). As His shepherds, seek the strays and embrace them. As His fisherman, catch the lonely and join them. As His warriors, defend the weak and strengthen them.
As His Hands, lift the fallen. As His feet, lead the lost. As His Voice, speak in love. As His disciples, offer His acceptance.
Because God 'Loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing' (Deuteronomy 10:18). The best Food is 'The Bread of Life' (John 6:35). The best clothing is the 'Robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10).
As His church, you carry both.
## Valiant Like David: Acceptance (Part 13)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2014 series called, Valiant Like David. In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Valiant! Like David series.