This past Sunday morning at Gospel Light, Pastor Vince Giardino began his sermon by reading I Sam 18:1-4. Here is a passage showing the splendid relationship between David, who was not yet King, and Jonathan, who was the son of King Saul and the heir apparent to the throne. “The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David” 1 Sam 18:1. Pastor made these analogies:
- Saul was a type of old man in the flesh.
- David was a type of Christ, a picture of Jesus Christ.
- Jonathan was a type of Christian, a believer torn between allegiances.
Thus we see Jonathan caught between love for his father and love for David. Jonathan’s choice? “Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul” 1 Sam 18:3.
Pastor made mention of the recently deceased Whitney Houston who grew up in a Baptist Church. Her life and career showed that she loved Christ, but she was also in love with the world. Like ships that have gone down at sea, we can be raised to walk as Christians, but find ourselves on the wrong path and on the way to ruin. Whitney Houston “cast her pearls before swine”, our pastor preached. The lyrics of her chart-topping song, “Greatest Love of All”, spoke of love of self as that greatest love. We know that the greatest love is “the love of Jesus Christ”, Pastor Giardino declared. Whitney Houston made the wrong choice and failed to make a covenant with Christ.
“Will we make the wrong choice?”, we were asked. Pastor directed us to 2 Sam 1:24-26 where David laments over Saul, who lavishes his people with worldly goods, and over the recent death of Jonathan in battle. Pastor then exhorted his flock to “make the choice to go against the Sauls in your life” and choose to use your God-given talents for Christ. The relationship between Christ and the believer surpasses any love that exists on earth.