Sunday, 10 February 2013

Michael Finnegan

Begin again!

[are you familiar with the rhyme? Google it! LOL :)]

This is where I am with my Christian walk.  I feel I'm back at the beginning.  But unlike Michael Finnegan I'm hoping this is my only begin again!  Having left a cultish church I am determined to get back to basics.  Right back to Jesus. No more mediator other than Christ.

Something that has excited me recently is the story Mephibosheth.

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”

Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”

“At your service,” he replied.

The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

“Where is he?” the king asked.

Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”

So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honour.

David said, “Mephibosheth!”

“At your service,” he replied.

“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”

Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

~2 Samuel 9: 1-8

Why did David offer such favour to Mephibosheth?  Because of a covenant he made with Jonathan, Mephibosheth's father:

And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself ~ 1 Samuel 18:3.

How does that relate to me? God shows kindness to me for the sake of the new covenant made in Christ's blood.  I say, "Who am I that God would notice a dead dog like me?"  God says, "You will always receive My favour and you will always eat at My table".  What did I do to merit this? Nothing, it was all done on the cross of Jesus Christ, and because of that I will always eat at the table of the Lord. So simple. Rest for the soul.

The simplicity of the gospel can be lost in many churches, may I never forget it.


Originally posted on my old blog 10/2/13 republished here 28/3/14

8 comments:

  1. Sarah,
    Sounds like you are taking healthy steps to healing.

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    1. Thanks Carol, it's been a more painful process than I could have imagined. X

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  2. So glad you broke free of the church you didn't feel well in, and are getting back to what really matters, which is your relationship with the Lord.

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    1. Thanks Sandra, it's that relationship that matters more than anything x

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  3. Hi Sarah!

    Thank you for a wonderful story! I came across your blog was researching Christian resources. I'm so sorry to hear you've had a negative church experience. The "cultish" ones really do ruin it for everyone. :( Best of luck and God bless you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Allie and for your kind words. :)

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  4. simple and incredibly deep...

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