When we consider Kingship today it is an idea that many of us are unfamiliar with – what does it mean to have a king? Is it having a figurehead? Is it someone to do all the ceremonial stuff and be beyond the world of politics? Someone whose presence suggests tradition and order? Someone who allows people to do as they see fit?
The kings of the Bible are different from this. They were leaders who had absolute say as to what went on. “On their shoulder sits the governance.” Unlike elected leaders, they were to have permanence to their position. And what they were meant to be were leaders that provided an example to their people, provided protection of their people and provided for the betterment of their people. This was meant to include their relationship with God in all they did.
They were expected to serve – as God serves us – as He is the King of Kings.
But kingship had another side to it – it showed in how those who proclaimed a king lived it.
Having a king, through Jesus’ eyes, was obeying that king, following that king’s example, staying in communication with that king, and sharing His passion and mission as He revealed it to you – regardless of the cost. Jesus’ big question to you and I is – “Do you do as I say?”
MT 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Having God as our King means that we do what He wants and how He wants it done – not just use Him as the official stamp for what we want to do and be seen to do. Having a covenant with Him has to be both ways.
How are you going to recognize God as King this week?
May you know His blessing as you serve Him