Posted: Wednesday, April 18
Verse of the day:
“But his people hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want him to be our king." (Luke 19:14)
Embedded in this parable about a nobleman going away to be crowned king we see Jesus telling his disciples about what his plans are. He would be crucified, resurrected and then he would go away to be crowned king. Jesus did not say how long he would be gone but he promised that he would return, as king. However the attitude of many of the people are, we don’t want a king.
This is a challenging teaching for any American, or member of a republic. As American, we pride ourselves in the fact that we threw off the bondage of the King of England and declared our independence. Many people in America may not know all about our constitution, but they know about the document that declares our independence. Jesus teaching seems to fly in the face of anyone who would declare themselves free.
It fact is, Jesus came to set up the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God has a King. Jesus, has been crowned king. If you have asked him to be Lord of your life, then he is your King. You are not free. You are not independent. You are a slave or servant at best. Your will does not matter. His will be done.
So why do most Christians live as if they are independent? They don’t talk to their king each day. They only check in once a week to make sure they feel good about themselves but do they take the time to really reflect on the commands of the King? Ask yourself, are you living a life of dependence on God or have your declared your independence. Many people have asked for Jesus to be our savior but we have not laid the crown of our own pride down at his feet. However, he cannot be our savior if he is not also our King (Lord).
Examine your heart today. Are you living a life of independence? If so, you may be saying in your heart, I don’t need a King. Make sure you read all the parable from Luke 19 and prepare yourself because it does not work out real well in the end for those that reject the King.