Serving Our King

Everyday with God

Read Matthew 6:19-24
'You and I are kingdom oriented. We are always in pursuit of and in service to some kind of kingdom. We are either living in allegiance to the King of kings, celebrating our welcome into his kingdom of glory and grace, or we are anointing ourselves as kings and working to set up our own little kingdoms of one. Here is what is important for us to understand. God didn't give us his grace in order to make our little claustrophobic kingdoms of one work, but to invite us into a much, much better kingdom. We think we know what is best for us, but we don't. We think we are able to rule our own lives, but we aren't. We set our hearts on things that we think will make us happy, but they won't. We think that we can defend ourselves against temptation, but by ourselves we can't. Every human being is in need of a king.'*
 
The beauty of this is that our King is the universe's most powerful and perfect king. Our creator knows what is best, gives order and purpose to our lives, and teaches us to seek what is truly valuable. Our king not only cares about our struggle with sin but also provides power to overcome temptation. He teaches us through his word that we were never ever meant to live as kings of our own kingdom but rather to live for his glory.
 
All of this means that we can cease finding our worth in what we accumulate, counting our lives by treasures that do not last. It is grace to us that we can choose to serve the true, just, and loving King.
 
Questions for reflection-

+ Are you carrying the burdens of you own kingship, instead of resting in serving the King?
+ Pray now and ask God to make you aware of your efforts to build a kingdom for yourself.
 
 
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                          
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
 
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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