Let Him Take It All

Let him take it all 2 Sam 19:24-30

  • That mephibosheth didn’t care for himself shows that he was truly mourning the loss of the king- Says a lot- The king asks, since he was so supportive, why didn’t he go with him? Mephibosheth says that he was deceived- someone tricked him- and left him behind. The dude was Ziba. So now- Mephibosheth honors the king- Says you didn’t kill all my fathers house (Jonathan) so what can I say? You were kind to me- So David says- you and Ziba divide the land- and Mephibosheth basically says- that fact that you are back as my king is back- that’s enough for me- Ziba can have it all. It means nothing to me- because I have what I need- My king
  • It’s a great heart- A heart that says- I’ve got my king- you take everything else
  • 30 Then Mephibosheth said to the king, “Rather, let him take it all, inasmuch as my lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.”
  • Mephibosheth just wanted his king Nothing else- Needed nothing else
  • There’s an song that says Just give me Jesus- Nothing else-needed or desired
  • But for many people they want Jesus plus something- or someone- It aint enough
  • Our hearts should be “let him take it all” but that Him- Is King Jesus- and he can have it all
  1. Jesus can Take my Desires
  • Mephibosheth was a man- He was the son of Jonathan- he probably wanted stuff- land- influence etc. He was lame- but he was still a man. But in that moment- He didn’t want it
  • Land meant wealth. It meant influence. It meant prestige. He gave it up- Let Ziba have it-
  • I have my king- I need nothing else.
  • Now David wasn’t God but the parallel I’m drawing here should be clear- Our desire should be for our king more than any earthly posession
  • Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself also in the Lord,And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
  • Most people struggle with this- They want Jesus plus something- Jesus is not enough
  • Psalm 73:25  Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. Is that your heart? Is Jesus enough? Or do you have a list of what it will take?
  • Mephibosheth didn’t desire the possession of land- or what Ziba had- he had been in mourning- not cutting hair-caring for feet- I don’t care about myself- I want my king! Let him have it ALL
  • Isaiah 26:9  With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
  • What does it mean to you?
  • Is that where your heart is at? Jesus you can have it all? You’re my king? Or is it more?
  • Because if there is something you value more than him in your heart- he’ll ask you to lay it down before him before you can pick it up again- he wants your full allegiance.
  • Paul said this- Philippians 1:21  For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
  • To paul- death was a gain- to die was counted as a win- the ultimate gain- to die
  • We get upset if we don’t get invited to a bbq and end friendships over it
  • So completely emotionally fragile to the point of personal destruction and relationship pain
  • Because we don’t want Jesus more than anything- we’re ruled by our desires of our flesh!
  • Philippians 3:8  Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
  • Have you counted it all loss? Your relationships, jobs, stuff, houses, cars, toys etc. Its ok to have that stuff- you just can have the stuff have you- count it as LOSS compared to Christ
  • Say “Lord- even if never, I’ll still serve you” Even if I get treated poorly- have you said to Jesus “Let him take it all” including your desires- to only have a desire for Jesus- nothing else.
  • Because if your desire is for Jesus- you’ll never be thirsty- you will always have what you need
  • Let him take it all- all my desires- I only want you Jesus- take all my desires so I only desire you
  • John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
  1. Take my comfort
  • Mephibosheth undoubtedly wasn’t comfortable. He didn’t bathe or do personal hygiene for a long time waiting for his king- Honoring his king was more important than his comfort
  • He didn’t want his comfort- he wanted his king-
  • Most people would have cared about their comfort-but he was in mourning over his king
  • His cry “Let him take it all” is a give up- Ziba can have it all- I don’t even want my comfort
  • My king has returned! I have all that I need. I don’t need anything else.
  • The psalmist- Psalm 119:76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.
  • Comfort is a curious thing- We all want it- I’m not just talking about being comforted
  • We want comfort- literally- upset about no AC in our cars when we should be walking
  • So many machines that make our lives easier so we have more time to complain
  • We want this unrelenting comfort- but when we have no struggle we become neurotic
  • To give up our comfort for a greater cause takes a bit of courage- force ourselves
  • And Mephibosheth did this- he gave up his comfort for his king- All he wanted
  • Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
  • Affliction is part of the human condition- but for a lot of it- we have to force ourselves into it- but we experience so much that isn’t of us- so choosing affliction is a difficult task.
  • What does it mean to you?
  • Do you worship your comfort? Do you find it difficult to get out of your comfort for God?
  • When faced with having to give up your comfort, what do you do? How do you respond?
  • 2 Corinthians 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
  • Army- I’ve always hated getting dirty- people wondered what I was thinking when I joined
  • Out in the field, huddled in a shelter half- just being dirty- hated it (sleeping bag story)
  • I had no pleasure in that infirmity. I wanted nothing to do that- flesh hates it
  • But if we want to see the king- to live for him- we have to give up our comfort-
  • Are we looking for comfort at every turn ? are we losing heart? Its only for a moment
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16-18  READ- But people don’t think that way
  • We are going through a hard time- but we will get through this- together.
  • Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  • 2 Corinthians 4:8-9  We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
  • 2 Timothy 4:6-8  READ We have to look forward to the crown
  • You have to keep the crown in mind- you cannot lose sight of this- Its everything to us.
  • The Bible and Christianity is a suffering experience. Embrace it- Thank God for it
  • I prayed to God in March- Lord- let this be as long as it needs to be to break people
  • Be excited its breaking the world- We shouldn’t love that stuff anyway- pray it fills the church
  • The church used to be the center until sports, movies, clubs, bars, restaurants etc. too much diversions- No more diversions- no more false idols. No more comfort- Just Jesus!
  • Philippians 1:29 2 Timothy 3:12
  1. Take my life

Mephibosheth disregarded his own safety and health to honor the king- Not caring for himself for the time of exile could have cost him his life. It didn’t but it could have

The ethos is- I don’t even care about my own life. The king can have it.

Ziba can have it all- The king can have all of me. The land was “let him take it all” but he couldn’t say that without first giving up his life- Only caring for what the King wanted

inasmuch as my lord the king has come back in peace to his own house.”

That’s all Mephibosheth wanted- The KING ‘Let him take it all” including my life

What does it mean to you

Are you still holding on to your life? Are there parts of you that you hold on to?

Read the Bible- see what it declares about your life. Your rights. What you should value

Acts 20:24a But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself,

Acts 21:13b I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;

Does that sound like self-righteous Americanism?? Where do we hear this? We want our own way- We want what we want and we want it now- We bring that to our Christianity- Not good

Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

We cannot simultaneously hold on to our own life and try to live for Jesus- doent work.

Why is this so hard? We’re selfish. We want what we want. Our desires, our comfort, our wants. We don’t want to lose our comfort or our life. We want to hold on at all costs

1 Cor 15:31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

DAILY- you have to remind yourself to die- Not to live for yourself, but to live for Christ

When we die to ourselves its easier to love, serve, give and live for Jesus- not ourselves.

2 Corinthians 4:10-11 READ

Carry around the loss of life- Live only for Jesus- Give him your all- Constant reminder of your death

Romans 8:36 1 Thessalonians 2:19

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