King For Only a Day?
By Kris Robinson
What is a King?
According to Oxford Living Dictionaries, a king is “A person or thing regarded as the finest or most important in their sphere or group.” Thus…
Who is King of your life? And, is it you, or is it Christ?
Dan. 11:36 “The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself…”
When Daniel wrote this, he was writing about someone in particular. Similarly, in his book, ‘The End of Me’, Kyle Idleman uses the idea that Daniel implies because the psychological aspects of this statement are as true today as they were back then. In fact, the king in Idleman’s book is ‘me’; or, in other words:
Me will do as me pleases. Me will exalt and magnify me-self!
And so, Idleman asks the question at the very beginning of his book that I think helps to answer who the ‘king’ of our lives is:
“Jesus became real when?”, and answers it with “at the end of me.”
You see, what he is saying is what a lot of Christians had to realize; Christ became real for them when ‘me’ finally gave in to the fact that ‘me’ needs a Savior, that ‘me’ quits doing as ‘me’ pleases, and ‘me’ exalted and magnified Christ (Psalm 145:1-2).
Chip Ingram in his lesson on the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me” (https://livingontheedge.org/series/gods-boundaries-for-abundant-living/daily-radio), asks 4 questions that I am going to use to help you know who may be king of your life:
- On whom do you rely?
- To where does your time, energy, and money go?
- Who are you trying to impress?
- What or who is the center of your life?
Don’t skim over these questions, especially with ‘church’ answers; really ponder them! Exclusively use quite time to answer them. Get with someone else and ask them to be honest with you and ask them something like; “who do you think I rely on?” Would be a great exercise to do as a married couple too; “whom do we rely on?”
Lastly, but very timely, as I finish my blog, Chip Ingram wrote one called “Are you Really Following Jesus?” and says,
“The acid test of true discipleship (John 8:31-53) is to obey His Word. The Apostle John writes in one of his letters that “we know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” (1 John 2:3)
I’m not talking intellectual knowledge. I mean knowing God by experiencing God. Living life as Jesus did — dependent upon the Father and seeking to please Him. Walking daily with Him, so that He can shape your thinking, your decisions, your actions, your attitudes.
Trust Jesus and He will guide you into the light, His light, and you will walk in the light forever. That’s what He wants for all of us.”
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.