What Does Great Faith Look Like?

Sticker on the back of Pastor Andy G.'s car, which asks, "Are You Following JESUS this Close?"

Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, also went down to meet the king. He had not taken care of his feet or trimmed his mustache or washed his clothes from the day the king left until the day he returned safely (gross!). When he came from Jerusalem to meet the king, the king asked him, “Why didn’t you go with me, Mephibosheth?” He said, “My lord the king, since I your servant am lame, I said, ‘I will have my donkey saddled and will ride on it, so I can go with the king.’ But Ziba my servant betrayed me. And he has slandered your servant to my lord the king. My lord the king is like an angel of God; so do whatever you wish. All my grandfather’s descendants deserved nothing but death from my lord the king, but you gave your servant a place among those who eat at your table. So what right do I have to make any more appeals to the king?” The king said to him, “Why say more? I order you and Ziba to divide the land.” Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him take everything, now that my lord the king has returned home safely.” —2 Samuel 19:24-30

Wow! What love and respect for his king! Let his servant Ziba take everything, now that his lord the king has returned home safely. That’s awesome! Reminds me of that song “Give Me Jesus”: “You can have all this world. Just give me Jesus.” What faith and disconnection from all his wealth and worldly possessions! Wow!

Mephibosheth fasted from grooming/cleaning himself from the day his king left to the day he returned home safely. Sure, that sounds pretty gross by today’s standards (and maybe it was even by their standards, since it was different enough to mention), but in addition, he:

  • Humbled himself
  • Trusted and honored the king’s judgment
  • Claimed no rights in his defense
  • Revealed the Truth when asked why he didn’t accompany him

I’m just in awe, for nowhere else in the Old Testament, other than David (and maybe Joshua, Abraham and the prophets), have I ever heard of anybody having such great faith! I feel like how Jesus must have felt when He witnessed the great faith of the Centurion who refused to let Jesus follow him to his house, and insisted that if Jesus just said the word, he knew that his servant would be healed. Wow!

Seriously, could you do that? I mean, sure, Mephibosheth sat at David’s table, but that was it. He was willing to give up his possessions, not only for the sake of the king, but even to somebody who he said betrayed him. Let him have everything, I don’t care…I have my king.

Reflection:

  1. If you haven’t done so, could you literally give up everything you have for Jesus?
  2. Could you give your possessions to one who betrayed you, and not care what he does with them?
  3. Do you trust Jesus enough to day, “do whatever you wish (to me)”?

…some things to pray about…

1 Comment

  1. The more I grow in spiritual strength and understanding of my Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18), the more I give up to make more room for Him (John 3:30–“He must increase, I must decrease”). As for your reflection question #2, I’ll answer with “If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also” (Luke 6:29), because I look forward to wearing new, bright white garments as I live with Christ for all eternity (Revelation 3:4-5)!

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