1 – I cared less about what people think
“If God is for us then who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
I think you would be a completely different person if you didn’t really care what other people thought.
“And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. 5 He had a helmet of bronze on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. 6 And he had bronze armor on his legs, and a javelin of bronze slung between his shoulders. 7 The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron. And his shield-bearer went before him. 8 He stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why have you come out to draw up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not servants of Saul? Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. 9 If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” 10 And the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.” 11 When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” 1 Samuel 17:4-11
1. I would stand up for my beliefs
“And David said to the men who stood by him, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 1 Samuel 17:26
A preference is based on feeling
A conviction is based on principle
A preference is oriented towards the here and now
A conviction is oriented towards the future
A preference is based on what others think
A conviction is based on what God thinks
A preference is abandoned for the sake of immediate pleasures
A conviction is regarded as the means of attaining true success & joy
A preference is convenience oriented
A conviction is sacrifice oriented
2. I would be willing to stand alone
“And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:32
3. I would be willing to stand strong
“And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:33-37
“And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’” Acts 13:22
“Success involves risk beyond what most of us are willing to take, sacrifice beyond what most of us are willing to make.” – Mark Batterson
- Share some of the “what ifs” you think about in your life? Have you ever thought seriously about any “what ifs” when it comes to your faith?
- How much does the concern of what others think about you enter your mind? Do you think it is even below your thinking without realizing it?
- Do you think it is wrong to care what others think? When/how does it become sin?
- How does David’s story as a teenager challenge your faith?
- What are some practical steps you can take this week to respond to the “What if I didn’t care what other people think about me?”