The cost of being associated with the Kingdom of God

Preacher : Elder Kenneth Kibathi Kinyanjui
Message : The cost of being associated with the Kingdom of God
Readings : 1 Samuel 18:20-27, Ephesians 5:25-33

         In the first reading we see David who had been called by God when he was a young boy.
 By this time Saul was the one ruling as the king of Israel. Saul was the first king of Israel after the Israelites requested for a physical king.
Prior to this God had led the Israelites through a pillar of fire and clouds.
        Saul was therefore given to the Israelites as their first king when they requested for a king. However Saul sinned and David was set to take up the leadership of Israel.
         David used to live within the King’s palace and thus learned the way of administration of King Saul. David was close to the King’s son Jonathan and this gave him more insights into the King’s administration. 
 In the course of time the King’s daughter Michal fell in love with David. 
         King Saul promised to give his daughter to David in exchange for the foreskins of one hundred Philistines. King Saul had two daughters. The first was set to get married to David but Saul gave her away to the Philistines. This was the second daughter who was in love with David and thus David may have feared that the same thing that happened with the first daughter may happen with the second. 
     David was excited to become the son in law of the King and thus went beyond the required dowry of one hundred foreskins and brought two hundred foreskins .
      Saul could therefore not go back on his promise and thus had to give his daughter to David as his wife.
 In traditional African cultures,  the family of the man is required to give something to the bride’s family and this may necessitate some negotiations which may last until the man provides what is required of him to get the bride.  There is a cost required for one to get someone’s daughter in marriage.
      David went beyond the requirements to become the son in law to King Saul.  David knew there would be benefits accruing to him if he became the son in law to the King.  David could foresee the things that were in store for him by becoming the son in law to the King.
      I don’t know whether we are desiring to be associated with the kingdom of heaven where Christ who died for us is waiting for us to do an extra thing to show that we are eager to become heirs to the kingdom of God.
  We should take this as a challenge to do something extra beyond the ordinary service of giving our time and resources to serving the kingdom of God.
 We ought to do something extra to demonstrate our desire to become the sons and daughters of God.
  We may desire to be associated with families and groups here on earth but the only place where we have peace is being associated with the heavenly kingdom .
 After qualifying to get the bride, the next stage is marriage.
        Revelation 14:20 talks about the marriage of the church and Christ. The true billboard of heaven is the Bible which tells us of the times we are living in.
 God has called us to a heavenly marriage and we are required to accept the invitation to become the bride since the price has already been paid by Christ when he died on the cross.
 The second reading challenges husbands to love their wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for the church.
 The price has already been paid and the church is only required to give herself to Christ. Let us realize that time is running and coming to an end.
    King Saul failed to realise that time was running out and he was getting old.
  David realised that time was running out and did that extra thing to be associated with the kingdom.
Let us therefore do that extra thing to be associated with the kingdom of God.
 The reign of this world is coming to an end and we should have a desire to be associated with the kingdom of God and that will give us assurance that we will reign with God in eternity.
 We are only required to accept the price that was paid for us, the death of Jesus Christ .
 We have a great opportunity to accept Jesus as our saviour since we don’t know when the trumpet will be blown and the church called home.
This is a greater opportunity to ensure that when the church will be taken we will be among those taken and the only way we can be assured of that is to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour and that is the extra thing required of us beyond giving our resources for the work of God.
 Desire to be associated with the kingdom of God and accept the salvation from God.

1 Samuel 18:20-27

20 And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

21 And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain.

22 And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law.

23 And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed?

24 And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David.

25 And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

26 And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired.

27 Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.

Ephesians 5:25-33

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—

30 for we are members of his body.

31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

Credits to: Elder Wamagata Kairu (Writer) and James  Kamoche (Publisher)

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