The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church. Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary. He and Jessie were married in 2014.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
The 60’s were marked by a profound social consciousness. People genuinely cared for the welfare of society and participated in movements of justice. It was the decade of the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s rights, and protests against the Vietnam War. However, there was a dramatic shift in culture in the 70’s. It was no longer focused on culture-wide issues but rather on the self. Historians have dubbed the 70’s the “ME Decade.” It was the era of personal development and self-discovery. As the “individual” began to assert itself, it gave rise to a radical personal autonomy where the “self” became king. Life began to be about self-expression, about being able to choose one’s own destiny. And this trend has continued and we all feel its effects even today. All of us desire to determine the course of our lives—we demand freedom from all authority outside of ourselves. However, this has not turned out well as people are emptier than ever before. Many have discovered that reigning over their own lives has not led to more happiness but rather a deep sense of restlessness and confusion.
In our passage for today, we are given a glimpse of the throne room of heaven. John looks around and sees a myriad of people proclaiming the worthiness of the Lamb. A multitude of creatures are giving due praise and honor “to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.” The elders fall down and worship. It is truly a remarkable vision. And this vision functions as a reminder to the recipients of the letter about who is the true King of the universe. It is not the emperor of Rome. It is the one who sits in the throne room of heaven who ultimately deserves our worship and surrender. In the same way, it is a reminder to us that the one who truly deserves to reign over our lives is God Himself. Many of us attempt to dethrone God in our hearts, trying to make sense of our lives on our own terms. We want to be king. However, history has proven that this is a dead end. We must relinquish our grip on our hearts and allow God to fully reign over us. As verse 13 proclaims, He is the king who is full of power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing! For these reasons, we can trust that He will lead us to places of true happiness and joy. Let us resolve to surrender our rights before the true King of the universe and wholeheartedly follow Him!
Prayer: Father, I often want to take control of my life. Help me to trust in Your ways and in Your leading and to surrender all that I am to You. Be King over my life! Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Romans 9
LUNCH BREAK STUDY
Read Mark 1:14-15: Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Questions to Consider
- What is the kingdom of God?
- How are we to respond to the kingdom of God?
- What areas of your life do you need to surrender and allow God to reign?
- The phrase “kingdom of God” literally means: the reigning activity of God. It is the eternal and sovereign rule of God in all of the universe. It is not speaking to an actual geographical kingdom but that God’s ruling power has come in a special way through Jesus.
- Jesus calls us to repent (to relinquish our own reign over our lives) and to believe in the gospel.
- Personal response.
It is indeed difficult to give up control of our lives. It is scary in many ways. One key factor when it comes to surrendering our lives to God is to experience His goodness towards us. As we experience more of His goodness, the more we trust Him with our lives. And we find the ultimate proof of His love and goodness: His death. Tonight, take time to reflect on how Jesus died for you so that you can have life, and that He is trustworthy because He is willing to give up His everything for you!