Bathsheba. Hers is quite an intriguing story. Was she a pawn in King David’s plan or was she a crafty seductress? I want her to be an innocent. That’s how she’s always been in my mind, but as the details of the story really sink in, I have my doubts.
Late one afternoon, after his midday rest, David got out of bed and was walking on the roof of the palace. As he looked out over the city, he noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Elian and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:2-3 NLT
Married to Uriah, a dedicated and loyal soldier in King David’s army, Bathsheba likely had a good life. But, it surely didn’t compare to life in the king’s harem. Did Bathsheba decide to take her ritual cleansing bath in that precise spot for a reason? The Bible doesn’t say, but…
As I pondered all these things in my heart, what I felt Spirit speak to me was the word judgement. As in, “Who are you to judge this woman?” Her story is only partially told, so any concrete conclusions I draw are suspect at best.
Recently, I listened to a John Bevere sermon on the second judgement of God. Not the one that determines where we will spend eternity, but the one that determines how we, as Christians, will spend eternity. He begins with the premise that we all have gifts given to us by God, and we have free will to use those gifts as we choose – whether it is pleases God or not.
He goes on to say that everything we have accomplished or amassed will burn up like so much wood, hay and straw if it’s not building God’s kingdom in the way He specifically called each of us to do.
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials – gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if the builder’s work has any value. I Corinthians 3:12-13 NLT
If Bathsheba, a married woman, used her beauty to snare a King, that was a misuse of her gift. But, once she became David’s wife, she used her influence to insure her husband made their son Solomon the next King. Since she is mentioned in the lineage of Jesus, I’m guessing she figured out her calling!
I believe that our response to how God has called us to use our gifts on this side of Heaven will determine our reward in eternity.
What that will look like is still a mystery. But, what I know is when I’m asked to give an account for what He’s given me to steward, I want God’s response to my answer to be “Well done! You got a slow start, but you finished strong, my daughter.”
And, if I get to choose anything about my celestial lodgings, I’d like a comfy sitting area (with a fireplace) near some tall, open windows looking out on beautiful white sand beaches and blue ocean water. Family and friends, old and new, who made it to the end will be there, too. We’ll laugh and cheer everyone on to their eternal reward. Not that I’ve given it much thought or anything.
So, let’s not be the judges of people on earth, but let’s live as though how we spend our next 24 hours will determine how we spend eternity.
What are you doing with your gifts and the calling God has placed on your life? If you’re reading this, you still have time.
Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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