We walk with Christ. In him dwells the fullness of God so there is no end to knowing him. When we find our way back home to God that was an act of his goodness and mercy. It is our reasonable service to continue to walk in that grace. We find rest in Christ but there is danger brewing when we cease from our labor.
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
King David loved God. He was called to lead but what allowed David to be the type of leader that God desired? From a very early age, he understood the importance of mercy. David showed mercy on the lamb that he went to rescue from predators. He also showed mercy on a man trying to persecute him. He even showed mercy to a man who showed him little kindness when he was in need. David had an amazing understanding of what God requires out of us very early on in his walk.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”
David's early understanding of God was outstanding but still premature. Fresh off a big win on the battlefield, David failed to spot another enemy sneak in during his "victory" moment.
Temptation offered David his own spoils of war in the form of lust. Even in the midst of oncoming temptation, God showed mercy to David. He was told that Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah and David's knowledge of God's law would have told him this:
“…thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife…”
- Exodus 20:17
Entertaining the lust introduced spiritual adultery against God. Then came the sin as the thought manifested into the act with Bathsheba. Finally came death as he had to sacrifice his best friend to hide his shame.
“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Better than this
I have experienced times in my life where everything that could possibly go right went right. On the back end of those perfect moments, things went downhill rather quickly. Why? Even on my best day, I am vain.
“Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.”
A premature understanding of God can still allow us to walk in God's gifts and perform incredible acts just as David did. It's the fullness of God that keeps you. When Nathan came to deliver God's rebuke to David, he immediately pointed something out.
“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul”
2 Samuel 12:7
In reminding David of the mercy he had on him, God also pointed David back to his first works. David was once a man of mercy but he showed no mercy to Uriah. He showed no mercy to Bathsheba by causing her to sin. Above all, he showed no mercy to God or to himself.
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
1 Corinthians 6:18
Our first works are those within the family of God's mercy. The sermon on the Mountain was a call for the children of God to return to our first works. Our humility, our purity, our peace, our courage and our hunger for righteousness.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
As children of God, we are asked to elevate our minds to a level higher than the average person. It's not an easy road. Hopeful disciples turned their backs on Christ when they heard of the fullness he had to offer. The twelve stayed even though they didn't fully understand the word of God that was with them. Even Judas had enough faith at that time to stay with Jesus. Don't be fooled, we all have a hidden desire, that if allowed, will stir us up to reject the fullness of God. If carnality warred within the members of one with such incredible love for God as David...
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12
Beloved, let us return to the first works found in the goodness and mercy of God. We are saved by grace through faith, onto the good works God has ordained us to walk in. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.