This Isn't My Swag

1 Samuel 17:38-39

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.

As we read in the verse, David was asked to wear King Saul's armor in order to fight Goliath. I'm pretty sure it was nice looking armor but David, as described in the Bible, could not even walk around, because he was not used to that type of clothing or weight. David's way of fighting giants was different than the way King Saul was fighting giants! But we all know the story in the end, David kills Goliath and chops off his head like some type of Rated-R movie or Mortal Combat fatality! This is what we can learn from the story of David and Goliath:

Different Generations

There is a major age difference between King Saul and the young boy David. David was probably around 14 to 15 years old at the time he killed Goliath. King Saul's fighting style was with swords, and David's fighting style was with a slingshot! Both were effective, but David again did things differently.

Sometimes the way we do church now is a little different then the way we did church back then, and I'm talking about how we preach the gospel. I believe it is important that we as the church keep up with the times and not bash the way our parents did church, but use that as a platform to take us to the next level. The older generation cannot reach this new era of "soon to be" young believers, because the way they do church can be irrelevant to how we do it today. When I speak at my church, I use a huge screen behind me, that will project videos and graphics, ALL controlled wireless using an iPad Pro which I have in front of me. After service, I have a DJ that will do a live set with smoke and lasers.

"Is that all necessary in the house of the Lord?"

We, the church, need to understand it is about reaching the lost! Also, the church needs to stop competing with each other! I always tell my leaders and groups, "I am not competing against other churches, I am competing against every source of media that is out there reaching and attracting our young people, from Disney to Universal Studios! If they can do all of their media with excellence, then why can't we as the church be just as attractive as they are?" God spoke to me and told me that my job was to create the environment when they come in, and it was HIS job to bring the Experience! That's what makes us different from the media. I want to encourage you as a youth leader, as a young adult pastor, step out of your comfort zone. Make small necessary changes (maybe in the order of service) that will make a big impact to reach the Kingdom of God! Remember to put everything in God’s hands in the ministry you serve, so you can see His hand in everything!

Eleazar Rodriguez III, is an evangelist and entrepreneur from Houston Texas. He's one of the founders of the company Elevacity, in Houston. He is currently the youth pastor for OURGeneration young movement. His side projects include music and filmmaking.