It really is amazing to think about Jonathan. Here he was, the heir to the throne, and yet that didn’t matter at all to him.
Every day Jesse’s son lives on earth you and your kingship are not secure. (20:31)
Jonathan knew that, but he didn’t care. He even told David,
You yourself will be king over Israel, and I’ll be your second-in-command. (23:17)
In point of fact, Jonathan wasn’t even that. He had already died when David was crowned as king.
But his attitude was, “David, forget my kingdom. Let your kingdom come. You must increase. I must decrease.”
That should be our attitude toward the one David points to: Jesus.
The world will tell us, “If you yield to Jesus, you cannot establish your own kingdom, your own life. What will Jesus ever do for you?”
But like Jonathan, we need to realize that no matter how hard we try, our “kingdom” will never truly be established. Even if we are successful for a time, even our lifetime, all we build will eventually crumble and be forgotten. So let us say the same thing that Jonathan did:
“Jesus, let your kingdom come. You must increase. I must decrease.”
And let us live for him.