- Date: February 4, 2004
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table; and was lame on both his feet."(2 Samuel 9:13)
- From Another Gospel
The blood of Jesus paid the great price to access God's presence. So often we take for granted the privilege of approaching a holy God. Not only do we have the legal right to approach Him, but He loved us while we were sinners and died for us (Rom. 5:8). Scripture says that no man seeks God, but God sought us (Rom. 3:11). He drew us by the Holy Spirit, and infused light into our understanding so we could see the great and unspeakable gift of God. As that illumination came, God also placed the gift of faith within our hearts. We were able to believe and receive that which we were ignorant of and willfully chose to resist for so long.
Believing is impossible for a man who has not received the grace of illumination. The natural mind cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him (1 Cor. 2:14). Man comes up with many ways to reject God through false religions, chance, or humanistic ideas such as evolution. The natural mind keeps us from believing in the reality of an almighty, holy, majestic Creator.
Nothing we've done merits faith, because faith is a gift of God. We should be forever grateful. We were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus. When we understand how precious the blood of Jesus is, we'll understand how precious we are to God. We have trouble equating our worth with the blood of Jesus, the spotless Son of God. In the natural, every one of us thinks there is no possible way that our worthless lives can be equated with the blood of the Son of God. Yet God was pleased to bruise Him for us (Isa. 53:10).
Until we can understand our value to Father, we won't move in the liberty that redemption has provided. We'll always think that we're orphans or little street urchins waiting for a handout, failing to realize our adoption into the household of the King of Kings. The story of Mephibosheth shows us that in spite of our brokenness and unworthiness, we sit at the King's table (2 Sam. 9:13). Beloved, that's what redemption is all about.
Lord, help us to love much. We are such debtors. Lord, we stand before You aware that our acceptance is only in the Beloved, and that our righteousness is in Your declaration of our righteousness. Because that's what You've said we are, that's what we are. Our freedom from sin and sin's power and our position in Jesus Christ has become a reality. We stand not as pretend kings but kings, heirs, joint heirs, children of God, sons of God, the redeemed of the Lord, the heritage of the beloved Son. We thank You and will never forget we're adopted, chosen and placed. Our sonship was conferred upon us. Help us to act accordingly, in Jesus' name.