The kingdom of God is an everlasting kingdom, and as believers, we have the privilege of belonging to the Lord and His kingdom. What is the significance of this kingdom and how should that change our perspective as a Christian!?
The Lord, the Ultimate Ruler
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. 1Chronicles 29:11 (NLT)
People had brought their treasures and offered them before King David in preparation for his son Solomon to build the temple. The above words were the recount of the greatness of God that David had experienced throughout his life and recognizing God’s rulership over the entire earth.
David grew up in a common family where he took care of his father’s sheep. The prophet Samuel did not anoint him as the future king because of his royal associations or his military exploits. The Lord picked him out of eight boys in the family because of his heart for God. He knew that David was the right man for the job. David’s ambition in life was not to become a king but to serve the King of Kings.
David’s transition of power was anything but peaceful! David had to live as a fugitive for years because of Saul’s insecurities and jealousy. Saul continued to chase him to thwart David from becoming the future king. As a matter of fact, some of the Psalms are about David’s challenges and distresses that he encountered regularly because of his enemies. However, Saul’s bad behavior did not compel David to change his behavior or to question God’s promises and plans. David was confident that God did not need his help in becoming the future king. David knew that if God wanted him to take the place of Saul then God would make a way. The Lord had spoken His word and He was going to bring it to fruition.
David continued to serve the King of Kings while his earthly king could not stand him. He served God faithfully regardless of how difficult the circumstances of life became for him. God had already rejected Saul due to his disobedience, but David did not try to take a short-cut by getting rid of Saul. He could have justified his actions by claiming that he was establishing the kingdom of God, taking his rightful place, or removing an unrighteous ruler. To the contrary, twice David had the chance to kill Saul, but he did not touch the Lord’s anointed.
Do you truly believe that God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!? How does your view of the Kingdom of God impacting your response and heart attitude towards those who rule over you? Can you say that you will not touch the Lord’s anointed?
Sooner or later there will be people ruling over us that we will not like their style, policies, or character. We all have had those kinds of people in our lives. If we choose to stay focused on them, we will feel helpless, which can lead to fleshly behavior. On the other hand, we have the option to seek the Lord and ask Him what He wants to do in the situation. Is it possible that we need to grow up and let go of pride, insecurity, carnality, or our sense of justice!? The choice is ours. If we give in to our flesh, we can be assured that this will not be the last time we have to cater to it. On the other hand, if we listen to the spirit of God and grow in faith, hope, and love, we have enlarged our capacity to become Christlike. The choice is ours, and there is no other way around it.