Posted by: everynation | December 10, 2011

Are You Carrying Your Cheese?

By Paul Barker

I sat recently with my friend Wolfi Eckleben, the pastor of the Every Nation Church in London. We were in Krakow, Poland attending a conference, and we had the opportunity to spend an afternoon together.

We talked about many different things, but the topic that stood out to me the most was cheese. Wolfi talked a lot about cheese. He talked especially about the importance of carrying your cheese.

A strange topic, maybe, but not when you understand the context. Wolfi was referring to the ten cuts of cheese that David carried to his brothers on the day of his historic encounter with Goliath.

“One day Jesse said to David, ‘Take this half-bushel of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring me back word from them.’” (I Samuel 17:17, 18)

Everyone is familiar with what happened later that day. The youngest child in Sunday School can tell you the essential details of the story. Every sports reporter has referred to it after a huge upset. It has become a part of the idiom of our daily speech.

David’s victory over Goliath was his great moment of destiny. It lifted him from obscurity and elevated him to a place of national prominence. It was the pivotal moment of his life.

But David was not looking for the spotlight that day. He was not chasing a position of influence or power. He was simply being faithful with the small task his father had given him. He was carrying cheese to his brothers. But because he was faithful, he ended up in the right place at the right time.

We are all looking for that big moment of destiny, but it only comes to those who are faithful with the little tasks that God gives us.

“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.” (Luke 16:10)

Are you carrying your cheese?

Paul Barker is the Director of the School of Ministry in Nashville. He is married to Aleta and a father to Samuel, Joseph, Katy, and Jessica.

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  1. Very encouraging!

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