Episode ThemeServant Working. Sacrificial Giving
Make sure that you also do well in the grace of giving to others.
What would you do if you were best friends with a prince? What could you possibly give to the son of a king? What gift could he possibly want from you?
David was a shepherd, a musician, a soldier who could kill giants. He was also best friends with Jonathan, the son of King Saul. Jonathan gave David many gifts including his own robe, tunic, sword, bow and belt. Imagine being given the very sword that belonged to a prince!
David also gave a gift to Jonathan. What do you think he gave Jonathan? David gave his friendship forever and a promise to always take care of Jonathan's children.
David kept his promise to Jonathan. After Jonathan was killed in a battle, David asked if any of Jonathan's family was still alive. David discovered that one of Jonathan's sons was still alive. This son was a little boy when Jonathan was killed. The boy's nurse was afraid that the son might be killed so she ran to hide him. As she was running, she dropped the little prince. His legs were damaged. He never walked again.
When David came looking for Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth was a grown man. David sent servants to find Mephibosheth and to bring him before David. Mephibosheth must have been wondering what David wanted with him. David gave Jonathan's son many gifts of land and animals. Then David also invited Mephibosheth to come live in the palace with David's family. What a gift!
What kinds of gifts do you give to your friends? Is God your friend? What kind of gift could you possibly give to the Creator of everything? What gift would please God? God likes gifts. He enjoys your prayers. He loves your songs of praise. He gets excited when you help someone else. He is delighted when you obey him and your parents. Is God your friend? Then give him a gift today!