Reading: 2 Samuel 9
“Now look at what I’ve done,” said Judy. She held up her knitting for Mary to see. “I’ve missed a stitch down here and I’ll have to unravel the whole thing and start over.”
Mary looked at the red and blue scarf that her sister was knitting. Unfortunately, the mistake was too obvious in her sister’s pattern.
Judy began pulling unraveling the scarf. Mary watched as the colorful yarn came curling out of the scarf. Mary helped by winding the yarn into a little ball while her sister pulled. Little by little, the scarf became shorter as the ball became larger. “It’s too bad you can’t just undo it down there where you missed a stitch,” she said sorrowfully.
Judy shook her head and said with a sigh, “It doesn’t work that way with knitting. You can’t just cut and patch it like a piece of fabric. It won’t be as strong afterwards. Do you see how the yarn winds in and around itself because of the way I’ve knit it? It’s very strong. I want this scarf to last and last.” Judy’s hands paused for a moment and she looked at her little sister. “Do you remember that this is the way God described Jonathan and David’s love for each other? In the book of 1 Samuel, He said their hearts were knitted together.”
“I didn’t remember that,” said Mary, looking at the length of scarf still left on her sister’s lap. When knitted correctly, the scarf would last her for many winters. “What a nice, strong friendship they must have had.”
“It was. And when David found out that Jonathan’s little boy was in need, David took care of him. He remember his love for Jonathan, and this made him love David’s little boy.”
“That was a very nice thing to do.”
“But Mary, that’s the way we’re supposed to be with God’s people. When anyone in God’s family is in need, He expects the other members of the family to help. We should be that way with our church family. It’s a great comfort and blessing.” Judy held up her scarf and smiled. “If we’re knit together correctly, our love will last and last!”
I will dwell in them and walk among them;
And I will be their God, and they shall be My people…
And I will be a father to you,
And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,”
Says the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:16-18
For Further Study:
- Read Acts 2:41-46. How did the early Christians show that they were a family?
- How does it feel in your own family when….
….someone doesn’t show up for a meal, without explanation? See Hebrews 10:24-25 and think of what this does to God’s family.
… or when family members argue constantly? See 2 Corinthians 12:20-21 and imagine people in the Lord’s family acting that way.
….when people do not properly handle their problems with one another? See 1 Timothy 5:1-2, and also verse 19, and imagine what that does in God’s family.
….when the children do not submit to their elders? Read Hebrews 13:17 and think of what that would be like at church.
- Do you think of your church as your family? Do you think of God looking down and wondering how His children are behaving? Do you treat people at church better or worse than your own brothers and sisters at home? Ask God to help you be more loving and patient with others. Think of some things you can do for others at home and in the church so that God will be pleased.