Key Passage – 2 Samuel 9:1-13 (Please read this story and be blessed)
Key Text: Psalm 113: 7-8 – “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people.”
Where one is born is not an indication as to where one would end up in life. The fact that one is born on the wrong side of the tracks is not an excuse to stay on the wrong side of the tracks. It’s a choice we make, but even more importantly are the connections we make that transforms and translates us from such lowly estates to the heights we could only really dream of. If you keep company with eagles, you will soon learn how to soar and mount up like eagles. I remember when I first went to England for further education. I arrived in Camberwell, just on the outskirts of Peckham. In those days it was really not as gentrified as it is today and really it had the look and feel of a rejected and forgotten part of the city of London. Then one day I took the bus 36 to the West End and walked down Oxford Street and came to Marble Arch, and then I met a friend and old classmate of mine who lived in Marble Arch. I went home with him that day and when I saw where they lived, I decided in my heart I would move out of Peckham. I realised there were parts of the city that were better and I raised my expectations. I saw clearly that we had a choice as to where we end up in life.
Today’s story is about a young man, though born a prince, due to family mishaps, ended up in a bad shape, in the wrong part of town and in the wrong company. He was going nowhere in life and was destined for failure. But thank God that he had a connection right at the top and that person remembered him and chose to pull him out of the dregs and set him up right at the top. This story is one of the most moving stories in the bible and we see here that David the king of Israel remembered his covenant with Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father. He used his power as King to elevate the status of this young crippled man.
Today, we may not be born into royalty, or great ancestry or wealth, but we are connected to the King of kings and the Lord of lords and He has made a covenant with our Father Abraham, that He would look after us and elevate us in this life. As the seed of Abraham, we are covenanted to Jesus Christ and He has not allowed us to languish in “lo-debar’. He has sent for us, saved us and raised us up together with Him. He has seated us on a throne and made us co-heirs with Him. Once you belong to Jesus, you are already on top. You are already ahead. You are already in an exalted position. Think about what the bible says in 1 Peter 2; 9-10 – “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Or consider what Ephesians 1: 11-12 – In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.”
Or even more amazing is what Ephesians 2: 5-10 has to say about us. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Really this is what we call in business a ‘no-brainer’. If you belong to Christ, you are no longer down. It is only a matter of time before Christ begins to elevate you and give you a dream life. The Christian is like a cork that you can’t keep under water for long. They always rise back to the top. So my brother and sister arise and shine!
Let’s pray: Father God, thank you that our lot is not to end up at the bottom of the pile. Thank you that you have a covenant to lift us up and help us to be on top. Thank you today for remembering you promises for our lives and thank you for sending help to us and raising us up. Thank you that promotion comes from your hands and today, I believe that you will exalt our horn and cause us to sit on the highest places in this earth. Thank you Father, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.