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A Seat at the Table

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Mephibosheth’s story was a picture of hope for us today. Mephibosheth is one of the lesser known Old Testament characters. He was Jonathan’s son. Jonathan was the best friend, in fact, a ‘covenant’ friend with King David, before David began his reign in Israel. When Mephibosheth was a child, he was dropped by a caregiver in the chaos of trying to escape from the palace after his grandfather, Saul, was reported dead. In that fall, he sustained injuries that left his feet crippled and he was unable to walk. Fast forward many years and David, now the reigning King of Israel, begins a search for any living relatives of Jonathan or Saul. King David’s search was not malicious- his desire was to show kindness to the lineage of Saul. 

Looking at this narrative through the lens of the New Testament, we can see how Mephibosheth’s life is a picture of Christ and His relationship to those who have been maligned, kicked out, left out, and forgotten. This story is a beautiful illustration of God’s purpose to all mankind. David made a commitment to care for anyone or anything that was left from the household of Jonathan, even if that meant embracing a crippled son. Likewise, God’s desire is to embrace us, even amid our brokenness, dysfunction, and pain. 

Later, in Mephibosheth’s story, we learn that he does respond to David’s invitation. When Mephibosheth arrives, he is seated at the dinner table among the sons and daughters of the King. King David did not just welcome Mephibosheth in a rhetorical way but rather he openly made room for him alongside his own royal family. Did Mephibosheth deserve it? No. Did Mephibosheth even think he was worthy to do it? No. But David did not see the deficit in Mephibosheth. Rather, he saw the bloodline of Jonathan and his covenant promise to him. 

So often we spend our lives fighting to be recognized, fighting for promotion, fighting for approval, or self-loathing. We believe that we are worthless, undeserving, and unworthy of something better. Both postures-pride and insecurity-produce the same mindset. It produces a mindset of unworthiness at the table. 

What table? Any table you associate with- from your kitchen table to the boardroom table. Whether we are fighting for influence and recognition or grappling with our unworthiness, Jesus has already given us a seat at the greatest table of all, His table. In fact, Jesus told His disciples “I go to prepare a place for you.” This alone should bring courage to our heart. Jesus has prepared a place for us! You do not need any new invitations from anyone-He has already made room. Like David, Jesus looks past the deficit and finds His commitment to the bloodline. David identified the bloodline of Jonathan, his covenant friend, in Mephibosheth and honored the commitment he had made to him so many years earlier. Jesus identifies with HIS own blood, bringing forth a new bloodline for mankind, ordained from the throne room of heaven. Because of the blood of Jesus, when the Father looks upon 

us, He does not see our issues but His commitment to His Son’s bloodline. WOW! That is a powerful truth! Even when Mephibosheth could not see his own bloodline, David saw it. Even when we do not see our blood-bought redemptive state, the Father still sees it! You and I are chosen because we have been birthed into this redeemed bloodline. 

Stop focusing on strategies, positioning, and striving for a place at the table. Rest in the revelation that you are already accepted, not because of your credentials or accolades but because of Jesus. You are chosen. You are blood-bought. You do not need to fight for relationship with God- just receive it. For as many as are led by the Spirit, those are the sons of God. You do not fight for a seat at the table-you simply receive it!