Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be king? Even if you only wore the royal crown for a day, imagine the power your words and wishes would hold!
Kings in the Bible days were in absolute power. Unwavering loyalty and obedience were expected. Sometimes the kings were brutal too. In fact, when a new king took the throne, it was expected that he would have all the remaining family members of the previous king executed. Anyone who could threaten his power or undermine his authority would often be annihilated immediately.
In a day where execution was expected, a new king took the throne, King David. It was probably no surprise one day when David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive…?” (2 Samuel 9:1) Surely David would swiftly do away with anyone from Saul’s family, especially since Saul had spent the last decade of his reign trying to kill David. It would only make sense. But David was introducing a new, merciful way of ruling. He would wield his power in an all new way.
“One day David asked, ‘Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’”
2 Samuel 9:1 NLT
In a day when swift, severe action was assumed and even expected, David did the opposite. He used his power and influence to be a blessing, not a bully. In fact, just a few verses later, we read:
“And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.”
2 Samuel 9:13 NLT
What would you do if you were king for a day? Even more applicable, what will you do with the influence and authority you already have?
Power is given in order to influence others’ lives for the better. Use it wisely.
Who in your life can you be kind to, who, like Mephibosheth, was no ability to pay you back? Be a blessing, not a bully. Leadership and influence are given so we can serve others.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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