Following Christ as King
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Lk 1:32–33)
The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock of life. What’s important? What direction will you take this year? One thing we profess as Christians is Jesus as King. Have you ever thought about what it means to have a King over you? It grates against our nature. At the heart of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden was to be their own king. It is still the pulse of our hearts. We don’t like submitting to authority figures over us. Think about it. Are there are any authorities in your life that you don’t complain about?
Calling yourself a Christian is to acknowledge Jesus as your King. You don’t get to pick and choose which of his marching orders you obey. Your life, and everything in it, belongs to Him. What does that mean practically? It means all of life must be examined through this reality. It means that you look to Jesus for your direction. It means accepting the commission He has given you. That commission is pretty great, by the way. That’s actually what the Church has called it through the centuries – the Great Commission. He has given you marching orders to gather the elect from the four corners of the earth. Do you take these marching orders into account when you make decisions about your career, your family, your friends? Everything in your life should be submitted to these orders.
What does it look like when you don’t submit life to these orders? Imagine a soldier given orders to rescue civilians trapped in terrorist occupied territories. That’s an important order. Along the way he finds that there are treasures to be discovered, and so he decides to collect these treasures as he runs across them. How much time does this treasure hunting take from rescuing trapped civilians? How long until rescuing civilians becomes secondary to treasure hunting? Is this the soldier you want searching for your son or daughter?
Sadly, I’m convinced that’s how most Christians approach their commission.
Jesus is King. All we are and all we have is to be at his disposal. Let us live our lives in such a way that this is evident to the world around us.