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The King's Business
The King's Business
This is a small meditation that I wrote four years ago, and put up in a blog. I think it’s worth putting up on HubPages. The meditation is based on three terms found in the Bible:
King’s business, 1 Chron 4:23
Father’s business, Luke 2:49
Man’s own business, Matt 22:5
'But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.'
Those invited to the marriage feast spurned the invitation. They were not willing to come, because they were busy with their own business. They were caught up in their own affairs; they were motivated by their own selfish interests.
Matt 22:1-5. It was the king’s wedding banquet for his son. Those invited refused to come. Yes, there will be many who will reject the gospel. They are the ones who are deeply involved in and closely attached with this world - their prospects in this world, their investments in this world, the pleasures of this world; they set their minds on earthly things. Like Esau, they sacrifice the heavenly and spiritual for the material and temporal. And then one day, it will be too late. When Esau wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind in his father, though he sought the blessing with tears. Too late, too late. Heb 12.17. Beware of treating the gospel invitation lightly.
The would-be guests treated the invitation to the wedding feast with contempt, and God in turn treated them with contempt. (There is a second part to this parable in Matt 22:1-14, about the wedding clothes – but that is not our immediate concern here.) The warning here is not to turn your back on God
'And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"
Joseph and Mary were anxiously searching for Him. His mother said, "Son, why have You done this to us?" They couldn't imagine that He would neglect His earthly family. But He had a heavenly Father, and He had to be about His heavenly Father's business.
I remember how Luke 2.49 convicted me sharply, many years ago, when I neglected God's work to attend to my own work. It was a Saturday, and there was a church ‘open-air’ in one of the areas of our city. Usually a group of church members would go out on Saturday afternoon to a distant neighbourhood to preach the gospel in an ‘open air procession’, and to preach at street corners, and to distribute tracts to the people around. I too was supposed to attend the church open air, but because of some family issue which cropped up I dropped out in the last minute. I was reading the Bible late that evening, and when my eyes fell upon Luke 2:49 I was immediately convicted. Often the devil will try to hinder us from doing God’s work by bringing up some family problem. We should not give up, but carry on regardless. The devil will try to hinder our prayers, our preaching, our Bible teaching, our gospel campaigns, etc. We should never turn back in our service to God. We must be about our Father’s business. We are all witnesses for Christ.
Instead of giving God the first place in our lives, we give pre-eminence to self and family. As a result we are constantly filled with worries about earthly things (like the seed sown among thorns), and we are unable to bear fruit for God.
1 Chron 4.23
'These were the the potters and those who dwelt [among plantations and hedges] at Netaim and Gederah; they dwelt there with the king for his work [business, service]'
The posterity of Shelah, the son of Judah, seem to have been talented craftsmen. In verse 21, we have the linen workers of Beth Ashbea. In verse 23, we have the potters and gardeners. It seems from this passage that they served the king in his business. They worked for the king. Whatever skills and talents they were gifted with, they used for the service of the king. Wherever they lived [be it Netaim or Gederah or some other place], their labour and service was for the king. It was a royal calling; they were in the king's service.
As Christians, we have a high and holy calling. We are here to serve the King of kings; we are ambassadors for Christ. That is our calling. Whatever we put our hand to, whatever we do, is for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 10.31. We are here to glorify Him. This is a great responsibility and calls for constant and careful preparation. We cannot afford to be shoddy and negligent in our work, because only ‘he who is skilled in his work, will stand before kings.’ Prov 22:29.
I may have my own private business or I may be in Government service. Wherever I am, I serve the King. Long ago, a man of God applied for a visa to go to England. While filling up a form, the visa official asked him whether he was a Government servant. The man of God replied, ‘I am God’s servant.’ God honoured the word of His servant, and the visa official wrote ‘God’s servant’, stamped the passport and gave him the visa! Truly God works in wondrous ways! We must learn to honour the Lord in everything we do.
Finally, let us remember this one thing. Without yielding our bodies and souls to Him who gave His life for us (Rom 12.1), we cannot really enter into divine service.