Is Jesus My King?

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord ~Philippians 2:10-11

Most Christians will confess that Jesus is King but how many of us actually live as though that were true? Is there any part of a kingdom that does not fall under the sovereign ruler-ship of the king? The fact is that most of us compartmentalize our lives. We have a spot for religion, for morality, for work, for school, for friends, for entertainment, for relaxation, for family, for finances, etc. We generally release complete control of our religion to Jesus, most of our morality, and of course, ten percent of our finances, but all rest we keep for ourselves and don’t allow Jesus to intrude on that which we consider to be wholly ours.

God did not create us for, and does not call us to, this sort of piecemeal surrender but rather to full reliance upon Him in every aspect of our lives. John 3:16 says that “whosoever believes in Him...” This word ‘believes’ does not mean a simple understanding that Jesus exists. It means that whoever fully trusts in Him, whoever wholly relies on Him, whoever completely surrenders to Him will not perish but have eternal life. After all, even the demons believe and they shudder (James 2:19)

How would your life look different if you completely surrendered every aspect of your existence to Jesus and allowed Him to take ownership of every compartment of your life? What if you asked yourself if Jesus would approve of that TV show, or if the money spent on that family vacation might be better spent on the purposes of your King? What if we took a moment to truly reflect on the implications of turning over control of all things to Him including recognizing that every single thing we have possession of (our house, our cars, all our money, our food, our clothes, etc) belong not to us but only to God? Would that understanding change the way we approach our giving or alter the way we prioritize our time?

As much as some may like an easy set of rules to follow, the fact is that there are no simple and pat answers to these questions. We must learn to prayerfully seek His will and guidance in all circumstances. We must seek the advice and counsel of the godly men and women that He has placed in our lives. And most of all, we must act in all things according to His reveled will and not ours. If we can learn to do this then He promises that He will direct our paths and that the faithful will meet their master with approval.

His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness! ~Matthew 25:21

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