Written by: Marcio Sierra Jr.
In the book of John 10:10 Jesus said that He had come to this world so that we would have life, an abundant life. We can live this abundant life today! We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven in order to enjoy that life. Today, we can live an abundant life full of blessings, a royal life as children of the King of kings. Right now, God is inviting us to come to His table saying, “It is time for you, My children, to eat as a child of a King.”
In 2 Samuel 9:1-13 we find a story of king David and Mephibosheth, the grandson of king Saul and the son of Jonathan. This story begins with king David’s desire to bless someone from king Saul’s family. Ziba, one of king Saul’s servants, tells David that there was a man named Mephibosheth, the lame grandson of Saul, who lived in Lo-debar in the house of Machir.
The name of this city, Lo-debar, means a place that is empty or without pasture. How interesting that here we have the grandson of a king, living in a place of emptiness or without pasture, in a house that is not his own, that is lame due to an accident that he had as a consequence of fear, 2 Samuel 4:4. Mephibosheth, even though he comes from the royal family, has lost his dignity. Mephibosheth’s grandfather and father possessed much land and riches, but Mephibosheth lives on a land without pasture in a house that is not his own. Mephibosheth came from a family of warriors, but he lives his life as a slave to fear; fear that has impacted his life to the point that he is lame because of it.
I wonder how many Christians there are today that even though they are sons and daughters of the King of kings, they live their lives in the same way as Mephibosheth? In 1 Peter 2:9-10 God tells us that we are a chosen nation and a royal priesthood. In spite of those promises, many, just like Mephibosheth, live in a place of emptiness, without any dignity, fearful, angry, depressed, frustrated, disappointed, spiritually lame, and more.
Jesus died for you and for me so that we would live an abundant life and not a life like that of Mephibosheth. Just like with king David, God is looking for someone like Mephibosheth whom He can bless and bring transformation to his life. God does not want us to live a life without dignity. He sacrificed His only Son so that we would live a life of royalty.
When Mephibosheth arrived before the presence of king David, David told him that he wanted to bless him; to give back his land and return to him his dignity by asking him, for the rest of his life, to eat at David’s table, the table of the king. Mephibosheth’s answer was; “what is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?” Mephibosheth did not see himself worthy or deserving of the blessing that king David was offering him; he saw himself worse than a dog, he saw himself as a dead dog.
Today God, the great King, also wants to bless us and give us dignity. The King of kings wants us to be the head and not the tail, more than conquerors, warriors, leaders, men and women of authority, people that will be able to lay hands on the sick and the sick shall be healed, men and women of such power that even the weapons that are formed against us will not prosper, and more. The problem is that many have the same attitude as Mephiboshet and don’t see themselves worthy or deserving of all these blessings. The enemy has brought us condemnation because of our past and has made us believe that we are nothing, worthless, that we cannot do anything or we do everything wrong, that we will never be able to leave that “Lo-Debar,” that place without dignity where many find themselves today. It is for this reason that many Christians live their lives without power, they are defeated, depressed, and some even feel as a dead dog.
Mephibosheth, in his own strength or righteousness, was not worthy of the blessings that David was offering him. It was the covenant that David made with Jonathan, Miphibosheth’s father, in which David promised to bless his family, that caused Mephibosheth to receive such blessing, 1 Samuel 20:15-16. In the same way, we are not worthy of the blessings and the beautiful life that God wants us to enjoy. We have all fallen short and there is no one perfect or worthy, only Jesus. The Good News are that thanks to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, now we are part of a new covenant of love; a covenant of love that makes us worthy and deserving of the abundant life that God wants us to live.
At the end of this beautiful story, Mephibosheth went from living in Lo-Debar, a place that was empty and bare, to living in Jerusalem; from being a nobody, to being someone important; from being fearful, to living in victory; from having nothing, to eating the rest of his life at the king’s table. It is my prayer that you would do the same. Decide today that you will no longer believe the lies of the devil and live a life under the power of darkness. Remember, it has nothing to do with who you are or what you have or haven’t done. It is the love of God that has opened the doors to a different type of life; a life where we eat as kings. Yes, Mephibosheth continued to be lame, but when you are seated at the king’s table, that table of blessing covers your shortcomings, your past, your sins, etc. Decide today to live the rest of your life as royalty; as a son or a daughter of the King of all kings.