Whatsoever My Lord Shall Appoint
In the book of 2 Samuel chapter 15, king David is under attack from his son Absalom. In order to protect himself and his faithful servants, he called them together and made plans to flee to a far off area until the conflict settled down. When David explained to his servants the situation, there reply is recorded in verse 15 and reads thus: "Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint." Those who are believers today, also have a king who is the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word has set forth many appointments.
The Lord has appointed believers to be faithful: "Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." (1 Corinthians 4:2) This faithfulness is to be lived out in the believers Prayer Life: "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." (Luke 18:1). "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It is to be practiced in church attendance. "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."Believers are to be faithful in financial support of the Lord's work. "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." (1 Corinthians 16:2). Faithfulness should be practiced in study of the Scriptures. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15). And faithful in service. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 15:58).
The Lord has given us some appointments in regards to the Holy Spirit. Worship is to be in the Spirit. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24). The believer is to be led by the Holy Spirit. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Romans 8:14). We are not to grieve or quench the Holy Spirit. "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." (Ephesians 4:30). "Quench not the Spirit." (2 Thessalonians 5:19). And we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit:" (Ephesians 5:18).
We have an appointment to become examples. We are to be an example of Christ as a light in this dark world of sin. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." (Matthew 5:14). We are to be the salt of the earth. "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?..." (Matthew 5:13). The believer has been appointed to be an ambassador. "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:20).
We are appointed to care about others. "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?" (1 John 3:17). We are appointed to watch for the spiritual welfare of our brethren. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:1,2).
We are appointed to be ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not know the time of His coming. "Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." (Luke 12:20). His coming will be sudden. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:52). We can be ready by abiding in Him. "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." (1 John 2:28).