Sometimes we have a tendency to weigh the efforts of others on our own scales and believe we know best what everyone deserves. In our human economy, merit is the measure of what is meted out. Certain levels of performance demand certain levels of compensation. In other words, those who do more get more!
But in God’s economy, everything has been turned upside down. Take a look at this wonderful example from the Old Testament of God’s mercy overriding man’s merit, which is revealed in David’s battle against the Amalekites.
David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow him and who were left behind at the Besor Ravine. They came out to meet David and the people with him. As David and his men approached, he greeted them. But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.”
David replied, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the LORD has given us. He has protected us and handed over to us the forces that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” (1 Samuel 30:21-24)
This should be a wonderful word of comfort, regardless of your station in God’s kingdom. I often think about those “senior” saints who simply no longer have the physical vitality to engage in the more physical aspects of expanding God’s kingdom, but who are continually on their faces before our God, asking the Lord to protect His saints and equip them to continue to expand His kingdom. Our congregation at Cross Community Church is blessed to have many such warriors of the Word who spend hours before the Throne of God!
Who is more valuable in the expansion of the kingdom of God: those who are actually in the battle or those who “stayed with the supplies” and guarded them? In the eyes of both David and God, those who were “too exhausted” to participate in the battle were every bit as much true soldiers as those who actually engaged in the fight.
Make no mistake, not everyone can be on the front lines. But everyone can and must engage in the battle—doing his or her individual part, as God has ordained.
Perhaps you are a saint who has been providentially prevented from participating in the actual physical work of expanding God’s kingdom because of . . .
- Old age
- Sickness & Disease
What a wonderful truth to take with you today! An equal share for all the saints, regardless of their station in the battle to expand God’s kingdom.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!