“You are not what others think you are. You are what God knows you are.”
― Shannon L. Alder
2 Samuel 9:7-8 (NIV)
7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul and you will always eat at my table.”
8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
Forward Thinkers, this is the story of a king’s kid living beneath his full potential; Mephibosheth was robbed of his true value. Mephibosheth’s life proves life can be like a rollercoaster ride full of ups and downs and sudden violent twists and turns.
In spite of what it looked like, God declared Mephibosheth worth saving and today I’m declaring you’re “worth saving”.
Growing up my grandfather used to recycle cans and trade them in for cash my cousin and I used to be so embarrassed when he did this around our friends in the neighborhood until one day I rode with him to the recycle plant and saw how much money he made off a hobby. Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
Forward Thinkers, God says not only are you worth saving but your life will not be wasted. God saved us because, He has plans to use us to do something great. Forward Thinkers the world has misused you but God saved you to use you to bring Him glory.
Another term I want to bring to the table is resale. Resale items are no longer wanted by the original owner but have great value to the new buyer. Many of us have been thrown away by family and so-called friends but thank God He didn’t throw us away.
Let’s also look at a used car with depreciating value but still “valuable”. To a single mother with three kids catching the bus in the rain a used car is priceless to her; value is in the eye of the beholder and I’m so glad God has His eyes on me.
God will not let our potential go to waste this season; God will restore you and turn your loses into new victories. God has not given up on you no matter how many other people have. Today God declare and sees your value.
Forward Thinkers, like a used car you may have been through some stuff but God, is getting ready to restore you back in position and your current value will be higher than ever before. Forward Thinkers, God says you are “worth saving”.
After all you’ve been through, God is restoring you because through it all God never stopped declaring you “worth saving”.
A restored car is no longer just an old car but, it becomes a priceless classic more valuable than ever before.
2 Samuel 4:4 reads
4 Jonathan son of Saul had a son who was lame in both feet. He was five years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. His nurse picked him up and fled, but as she hurried to leave, he fell and became disabled. His name was Mephibosheth.
Forward Thinkers, Mephibosheth was only five years of age when word came that his family’s throne was now in retreat. His Grandfather, King Saul, and his Father, Jonathan, had died on the battle field. A new household was taking the throne of Israel. David had been anointed King.
Mephibosheth was the only remaining member of King Saul’s household. His life would surely be threatened for it was the custom of every new king to destroy anyone who might later challenge his throne.
- When my life was under attack God declared I was “worth saving”
- It could have been me (2 Samuel 21:1-9)
- a)King David has King Saul’s son Mephibosheth killed by the people King Saul had mistreated
- b)King David blesses Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan because Jonathan was his covenant brother
Forward Thinkers, have you ever reflected on the things God allowed not to happen to you because He thought you were “worth saving”? We always focus on what we went through but never acknowledge what could have been if it were not for the grace of God.
The nurse in care of Mephibosheth hurriedly flees for a place of safety for the young child, and in her anxious effort, accidently drops him and crushes his ankles. For the rest of his days Mephibosheth would be known as the cripple boy but God, declares he was “worth saving”. Forward Thinkers your current situation can’t cancel your true value. Don’t let a label trick you into believing you don’t matter. God says you’re “worth saving”.
Mephibosheth was born balling and ends up falling but God never stopped declaring he was worth saving. Forward Thinkers, we need to realize we all have fallen short of the glory of God, but God still sent His son Jesus to declare we were worth saving.
Yes, Mephibosheth ends up in Lo-debar, a place no one desires to end up in but many still end up there in that lowly place. I believe that even in Lo-debar the grace of God can find you.
Now let’s look at 2 Samuel 9:1; because some years later, when King David had conquered all of Israel’s enemies, he remembered the family of his friend Jonathan , and, wishing to display his loving loyalty to Jonathan by ministering to his family, King David found out that Mephibosheth was residing in the house of Machir. So he sent royal messengers there, and brought Mephibosheth and his infant son Micah to Jerusalem, where they resided from that point on.
Forward Thinkers there is someone looking for you right now to bless you while you’re still in Lo-debar because God is telling them you are “worth saving”.
Mephibosheth went to bed one night feeling like a dead dog and the next day God showed up and declared the battle is over now you are “worth saving”; I’ve prepared a place at the king’s table for you and you will eat from the kind’s table the rest of your life.
Forward Thinkers, don’t be moved by what you see or feel, remember it looked like Jesus had lost the battle but as you know on the 3rd day, he got up and declared I died and rose again because you are “worth saving”.
Pastor E. A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church now located, in both Houston, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas. To contact Pastor Deckard for speaking engagements contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Periscope @ Pastor E A Deckard or the church website www.ghic.net