THE ROAD TO KINGLY REIGN
When I think of the position of King, in my head words like sovereign, rule, reign, Majesty, Lord, Your Grace, leadership, responsibility and a whole host of others come to mind. My ultimate King is Christ Jesus. He has and will always exemplify every trait and characteristic of The King perfectly.
The wonderment that strikes me is that Christ delegates His rule and reign to us. Jesus is at the right hand of Father God right now, but His Holy Spirit dwells within each believer and the corporate church to testify to God's presence and show His love. This speaks of present day actions that display how Christians are leaders in the area of caring for others. Some capitalize on this notion and are on a great journey to becoming a great king or queen for Christ. Others who sit on their development, the result is not favorable.
I do not know about you, but seeing myself as a priest or king of God is a challenge. However, even though we can start practicing this role now, Revelation 5:10 and other Scripture gives more of a throne based sense to this for our future.
- "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
- "...if we endure, we will also reign with him." - 2 Tim. 2:12
- "If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!" - 1 Corinthians 6:1-3
- "Jesus said to them, 'Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'" -Matthew 19:28
- "Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads."
The other half is made up of leaders from the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Jesus, speaking to the Disciples, says, "you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'" Why doesn't Christ have the Twelve Tribe leaders of Israel judge their own? A rulership and delegation we will have to wait to understand.
Kings, priests, thrones and rulership all intimidate me. Yet my King, Christ Jesus, has called my life to be the proving grounds of reigning with Him; to becoming a great leader, a wise ruler and a Spirit-filled king.
Remember, whether you feel like a king or queen now, God has entrusted talents, gifts and responsibilities to our care for His purpose. Matthew 25:14-30 speaks about The Unwise Servant. This individual did not make the businessman's money-bag grow, he hid it or just sat on it. When the Businessman returned he said, "you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest."
Jesus even elevated His point with another similar parable, a chapter earlier, in Matthew 24:45-47.
- "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions."
These household servants and dispersement of food at the proper time speaks to all those who are responsible for administering the Word of God to anyone in the House of God. Whether believers are blessing a child in the hallways, delivering an encouraging word in a small group in the home, or teaching from the pulpit - Christians are strongly encouraged to be found doing such - "It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns." Why? There is a reward that also comes with additional honor and responsibility - "Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions."
Are you ready to rule and reign with Christ? The devil would like you to believe you do not rule or reign now. Satan would like you to believe you have no power to influence others for Jesus. Christ's compassion and His words and His actions are ours for loving on others. In addition, everything Christ's Word tells me is that believers are being groomed for an even bigger part in the role as a priest and king/queen of God. That is what the first visitation of Jesus was all about - showing us perfect servant-hood is The Road To Kingly Reign.