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At this point in David’s life, Saul’s jealousy has begun to climax. Saul has set out to destroy David. It is during all of this that Saul finds out that his daughter Michal loves David. Saul, hoping that Michal will be a distraction to David, begins to work to get them together. Saul’s men come to David and tell him of Michal’s love and Saul’s approval. David being the man he was would not accept without giving something in return. Saul asked for 100 foreskins of the Philistines, hoping that David would be killed trying to get them. I recapped this story to focus on one portion of it. When Saul’s men came to David about Michal, he made this statement, “Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?” David did not take being related to the king lightly. He understood the seriousness of this relationship. It is this attitude of David that has drawn my attention to this passage. The fact is that those of us that are saved now have a relationship with the king. We are not sons in law; we are children, heirs and joint-heirs with Christ. With that in mind, the question is do we think it a light thing to be related to the king. I think we as Christians take our relationship with Christ too light. We tend to take for granted what we have. Being related to the King should make us realize some things. We need to understand that there is a reputation at stake, the King’s reputation. What we do, where we go, what we say, how we act reflects upon the King. It is not just our reputation that is at stake, but His as well. When we claim Christianity, but live contrary it affects how people look at our God (which is of most importance), our Church, Pastor, Youth Leaders, and etc. We need to be conscience of the reputation that is at stake. It is a family matter considering the fact that we are a part of the King’s family. There is, also, a large responsibility that comes with being in the King’s family. There is the responsibility of the reputation, but there are other things too. We now have the responsibility of teaching our kids what is to be of royal descent. We will, no doubt, be given matters of business to see through. While we are not to overtake the King’s position, we are responsible for other areas of business. For example, while it is not our job to save anyone, it is our responsibility to point them to the Saviour. Saving someone is the King’s responsibility. You get the idea, I hope. While we will not be expected to do the King’s work, we do have some responsibilities of our own. There are some great rewards for being related to the King. We have direct access to the King. There is no appointment time needed and there is no matter to small for Him to hear. We have the benefits of fellowshipping with the King when others in the land cannot. I know that growing up in the Royal Family is probably tough at times for the “Windsor” family, but they would surely have to admit that the benefits were grand. There are times when even for the Christian things have been rough. However, the benefits are out of this world. I want to close with one last thought. In the passage, David is told what it would take for him to become the king’s son in law. The price was the 100 hundred foreskins of the Philistines. The Bible said that this pleased David. Why? It was something that David knew he could do. The fact is that there was nothing we could or can do to save ourselves. Therefore Christ made it possible by doing it for us. All we have to do is believe. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
Related To The King - 1 Samuel 18:20-26
Many of you will remember the song "Time Is On Our Side". Well , as I grow older I am finding that there is not a lot of truth in that statement. With each year that comes and goes I am reminded just how quickly time goes by. I remember thinking as a young boy that 40 was old, but as I approach 40 myself it doesn't seem quite so old anymore. Many can testify to the fact that seems like just yesterday you graduating high school or college, or getting married, or having your first child when in fact it has been 15, 20, or 30 years ago. The fact of the matter is that time never stops. It is constantly ticking away and as it does it puts us only closer to our eternal destination. While for those of us that are saved that is not necessarily a bad thing considering where and how our eternity will be spent, for the lost around us it is a bad thing. Notice the request in the passage of Scripture before us. It is to "redeem the time". The word redeem has the idea of rescuing from loss, which implies the obvious, that we have lost time to make up for, that our time is running out. It also carries the idea of improving opportunity. Surely we could be honest and admit that we need to improve on our management of time. We see, secondly, the reason for this request. It is because the days are evil. He specifies the days, not the people or the place. Of course, it is because days are a measurement of time. It is, also, because we are told in Timothy that the last days a plagued with evil. This reveals to us the need to redeem the time because time is running out. If we are living in the last days then there are fewer days before us than there are behind us. Oh that we might see the urgency that is needed in these last days. We do not have the time to be complacent. We do not have the time to be lazy. We do not have the time to procrastinate. Lord, help us to be busy. We see, lastly, the recipients of our time redemption. I believe that the lost should be a top priority on our list. In other words, realizing the fact that time is running out, our desire to see our family and others saved should be greater than ever. However, I believe the recipients of our time redemption are seen in the end of the chapter. The first person is our self. We will benefit from it. It affects our personal relationship with Christ. The second benefactor is our family. It affects our private relationship with Christ. The third is our Church. It will affect our public relationship with Christ. It is my desire as should be yours in 2016 to redeem the time. Redeem the time because it is almost gone and because of who it will benefit.
"A Church with a heart for the Saviour, a hope for sinners, and a help for saints."
Time Is Not On Our Side - Ephesians 5:14-17