And Mephibosheth paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?” ~2 Samuel 9:8~
I am Mephibosheth.
Mephibosheth was worthless – lame in both feet and an heir to the opposing kingdom. By his bloodline, he should have even been hostile toward David! David should have had him killed according to the political practices of that day. However, based on a promise (1 Sam. 20:15), David pursues Mephibosheth and shows unmerited kindness to him. Grace. David goes after him, the “dead dog,” for the simple reason of showing grace. David then does the unthinkable. He not only shows Mephibosheth kindness he doesn’t deserve, but he also gives him a position he doesn’t deserve – a seat at the king’s table (9:11)! Mephibosheth becomes a child of the king!
I have absolutely nothing to offer. In fact, whoever takes me on as a restoration project is getting into more than seems worthwhile. I will forever be dependent upon the one who bails me out of my ‘dead dog’ state. I am lame in both feet and hostile toward the one who pursues me. I need grace that is greater than who I am.
Thankfully, Jesus is MY Redeemer. He sought me out just like David sought Mephibosheth. He accepts me just as I am – a dead dog. When He accepts me, though, He redeems me AND gives me a place at HIS table. From a dead dog to a child of the King! Grace.
“So Mephibosheth ate at the kings table, like one of the king’s sons.”
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-6, ESV)
Read the story of grace here – http://esv.to/2S9