Do We Deserve Eternal Life?

Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

2 Samuel 9:1

Ponder This

Mephibosheth was an enemy by birth; so are we. He was born into the wrong family—the household of Saul. Not only was Mephibosheth an enemy by birth, but Mephibosheth was also crippled by a fall, just as we have been. In the Garden of Eden, we were all spiritually and morally crippled. Mephibosheth could not arrive by himself. He had to be sought, and he had to brought. So do we. Not only that, but Mephibosheth was living in exile. He was meant to be a king. He was meant to reign, but he’d lost his inheritance. So were we meant to be kings or queens; we were meant to reign. God made man to have dominion, but we’ve been living in exile. We’ve been living in a place of no pasture. We’ve been living in the backside of nowhere. Mephibosheth was under the sentence of death. He deserved death—so do I. So do you.

Mephibosheth said, “Who am I, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I am?” He didn’t have a chance, according to the rules of this world. But there was one place he was wrong. He thought David was his enemy when David was his friend. And there you have a picture of every man, every woman, every boy, and every girl outside of Christ—deformed, dethroned, doomed, and deceived.

  • How can you see your own spiritual state in the life of Mephibosheth?
  • How does the account of David and Mephibosheth give us a picture of God’s loving-kindness toward us?

Practice This

Write out the ways you have been like Mephibosheth spiritually. Write out specifics from your own life. Consider the ways God has met you in your brokenness when you had no chance on your own.