The decision we all face
1 Samuel 20:31 [King Saul scolded his son Jonathan saying,] “For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die."
Jonathan, as the son of Saul and heir to the throne, faced a decision. Saul had been rejected as king due to His rebellion and presumption (1 Samuel 15). David had been anointed king by Samuel. Jonathan could either love and support the Lord’s anointed (i.e. His Messiah, His Christ), or he could promote himself.
We all face the same decision. Do our lives honor Christ’s name, advance His kingdom, strengthen His church, and promote His Gospel? Or, do we live for professional distinction, material accrual, and personal comfort? Are we happy to let our secular peers outpace us in affluence so long as Jesus’ name is magnified in our days? Or, do we compete with our peers for prominence indifferent to the cause of Christ?
“Does it grieve you my friends, that the name of God is being taken in vain and desecrated? Does it grieve you that we are living in a godless age...But, we are living in such an age and the main reason we should be praying about revival is that we are anxious to see God's name vindicated and His glory manifested. We should be anxious to see something happening that will arrest the nations, all the peoples, and cause them to stop and to think again.”
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1987) p. 120