I just completed a Mark Batterson book that rocked my world called In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. The book revolves around the story of Benaiah, a brave man found in the book of 2 Samuel. Benaiah ultimately became King David’s body guard largely because of a series of courageous acts. One time, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. He also killed two of Moab’s mightiest warriors, but the book focuses on his encounter with a lion. He literally chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it.
This book challenges the reader to have a similar approach to following Jesus. Batterman seeks to model this approach in his life and he “chased one of his lions” in 1996 when he planted National Community Church in Union Station.
I highly recommend this book to every Jesus follower. The book reminded me somewhat of The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus which also challenges believers to show courage in their walk with Christ. Listen to these quotes from Batterson’s book:
“Maybe we should stop asking God to get us out of difficult circumstances and start asking Him what He wants us to get out of those difficult circumstances.”
“Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you and remembering what’s right with God.”
“The more you’re willing to risk, the more God can use you. And if you’re willing to risk everything, then there’s nothing God can’t do in you and through you.”