King

 

PrinceI don’t always understand royalty. I could probably get used to it, if I were made a king. In most cultures and countries, the king comes from a whole lineage of kings or royalty. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around what it might be like to be a king. I think in some ways it would be cool, but it other ways it would be annoying. I could never simply go to my favorite restaurant without an entourage. I think I would love the “high-end” living that came with it, but not the inconvenience of fame and fortune.

I was reading this morning about Jesus’ arrest and “mock trial” before the Jews. He is then taken to Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus if He’s a king. Check this out…

36 Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

37 Pilate said, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” (John 18:36-37 NLT)

Jesus is definitely a King. He is a different type of King. He doesn’t want the castle, the royalty, the wealth, the fame that comes from being a King. He is of the royal lineage of King David. The fact that He’s the Son of God, trumps any other characteristic of any type of king. He walked the streets teaching about God’s love and mercy. He had no house to call His castle. He didn’t wear fancy clothing. It is really obvious that He was different than what we know kings to be.

Jesus calmly explains to Pilate, the Roman governor, that His Kingdom is not in competition with the Roman government or any other government. He came to bring salvation to the world. He came to introduce access to Creator God. He came to introduce the Truth about God and His Kingdom. God’s Kingdom had been so distorted from what it looked like years before. We humans tend to amend things and “tweak” things to the way we like and it often changes something that is pivotal to the Word of God.

Jesus is King of my heart.

Jesus taught humility.

Jesus taught serving.

Jesus taught giving.

Jesus taught forgiving.

Jesus taught truth.

Jesus became King of my heart because of Who He is and the message that He brought to the world. He is the One & Only Son of God. He willingly went to the cross and became the Ultimate sacrifice for sin. He became King differently than any other king. He is the King who I’ve committed to following all the rest of my days. I want to live, serve, give and forgive like the King of all Kings.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Two Kingdoms

 

legacy word in vintage wood typeI believe that each of us has our little kingdom – my immediate family and some of my extended family make up my little kingdom. The Lord has a Kingdom and invites me to be part of it. I’m working off the definition of kingdom meaning “a realm associated with or being under the control of a particular person”. I’m not implying that my household runs with me as king, however, I do accept the responsibility as husband and Dad in my household/kingdom. There are times that my “kingdom” has taken precedent over the Lord’s kingdom. He calls me to be part of His Kingdom and to be a builder of it.

He speaks this command to His people who were more concerned about their own households than about his. Check this out…

3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 4 ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’

7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,’ says the Lord.

14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month. (Haggai 1:3-4;7-8;14-15 NIV)

My kingdom is surrendered to God’s Kingdom. He must be exalted and I must be humbled. I can’t be so consumed with building my fortune that is temporary at the expense of the eternal. There is a constant tension here. I’ve talked to the Lord a lot about this. I really want to be a good provider for my “kingdom” with the Lord’s help. I also want to be an integral part of His Kingdom here where I live. I do believe that both can be accomplished when He comes first. I want my household (aka kingdom) to be completely surrendered to God’s will, support His Kingdom’s expansion in this world. While there are two kingdoms in my mind; His Kingdom really leads and sets the tone for my little kingdom/household.

Pressing On!

Dwayne