June 1

2 Samuel 9:6-8 (NIV) 6When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, "Mephibosheth!" "Your servant," he replied. 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." 8Mephibosheth bowed down and said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?"

David remembered his covenant with Jonathan. Though he was in a position of power and needed to answer to none, he knew he must answer to God. David asked a former servant of Saul if there were any of Saul's family left. Only Mephibpsheth the son of Jonathan survived. He was crippled in both feet. Mephibosheth came fearing for his life, but David only wanted to bless him. He restored all the land that belonged to Saul and appointed the servant of Saul and the servant's family to care for him. He also gave him a place at his table. That meant he would always eat the best and have fellowship with the King's family. Mephibosheth was shocked. Who am I that you would notice a dead dog like me?

We are a lot like Mephibosheth. We are really powerless to do much. We are lame in our own way. Our family (mankind) sought the King's life. Though Jesus is anointed King, like David, we served another. Our family lost the conflict, but He still loves us and keeps His covenant toward us. He only seeks to do us good. He calls us to come before Him, and we tremble as if He would destroy us. He says, "Fear not. I will surely show you kindness for the sake of Christ Jesus. From now on, eat at my table.

Admonition: Have fellowship with the King's family and eat the Word provided for you.

June 1

John 3:6-8 (NIV) 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

One of the Jewish religious leaders came to Jesus at night. He probably did not want to be seen by his colleagues, because they were jealous of Jesus. He admitted that they knew Jesus came from God because of the miracles He performed. His name was Nicodemus. He had one thing on his mind, and Jesus knew what it was before he asked. "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again," Jesus told him.

Like most of the folks in the Bible, he was thinking literally in regards to what Jesus was speaking symbolically of. To explain, Jesus spoke the passage for this evening. Flesh gives birth to flesh. A human body gives birth to a human body, but if you are going to be born from above, you must be born of spirit, for God is a spirit. Surely a religious leader like Nicodemus should be able to understand such a thing. Actually, it was amazing that he had a hunger for the truth at all. The religious establishment was so corrupt that power and money were the driving forces of their decisions. We'll see Nicodemus later in the Gospel of John.

Jesus went on to say that the person born of the Spirit is like the wind. The word for spirit and wind is the same in the languages of the Bible. You hear the wind, but can't tell where it came from or where it is going. The person born of the Spirit doesn't understand God's past working in their life, and they don't know where God will lead them tomorrow. Life is an adventure with God. Nicodemus thought he knew where he came from and where he would be tomorrow. His life was all planned out. He was working his way up the ladder of power and influence, but the truth was getting in the way and nagging him with doubts about the validity of his goals.

Are you born of the Spirit? Is God free to direct your life as your Lord and Master, or are you headed in the direction you have set for yourself? Is there a question in your heart as to the validity of your goals?

Consider: Sit down with your Maker and let Him show you that a life of faith is incomparably superior.