And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?
And there was of the house of Saul a servant whose name was Ziba. And when they had called him unto David, the king said unto him, Art thou Ziba? And he said, Thy servant is he.
And the king said, Is there not yet any of the house of Saul, that I may shew the kindness of God unto him? And Ziba said unto the king, Jonathan hath yet a son, which is lame on his feet.
And the king said unto him, Where is he? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he is in the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, in Lodebar.
Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lodebar.
Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant!
And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually.
And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?
Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house.
Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.
And Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Micha. And all that dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants unto Mephibosheth.
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.
– 2 Samuel 9:1-13
In our reading today, King David opened the chapter with a peculiar kind of hunger. He asked, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Showing kindness and doing good everywhere are part of our calling as Christians living in dominion. Acts 10:38 said concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, “… How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Whatever Jesus did while He walked physically on earth is an example of what we that are presently here should be doing.
If you must exert any meaningful influence upon the world as the salt of the earth, you must let your acts of kindness go ahead of you and introduce you. This humane act of caring for the needs of others will open more doors and penetrate more hearts than you are able to do with preaching many long sermons. Theodore Roosevelt said that – Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
Don’t withhold yourself from doing good and showing kindness because you think you don’t have the means or resources to do so. You don’t always have to use money to show kindness, nor must your act of kindness be a monumental deed or project. A soothing word in a moment of despair; a wise counsel in a moment of confusion; a helping hand in a time of need all could go far in giving you a reverential position in the heart of the beneficiary of your kind gesture. As Theodore Roosevelt further advocates, “Do what you can with what you have where you are.”
- Ask for enablement to manage relationships well.
- Ask for empowerment to show kindness to others.
CONFESSION: I am the salt of the earth; I will manifest this with practical acts of love and kindness.