January 11, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, first posted on October 22, 2013, is written by Pastor Sam Lee who leads Catalyst Agape Church in Northern New Jersey.

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

I don’t quite understand the British monarchy.  As I read up on it, the queen really doesn’t have much power; she is more like a figurehead, that is, a nominal leader, since she has no say in the policy of the nation. She may be loved and respected by her subjects but has no real power over them.   

I believe sometimes this is how we treat God when it comes to Lordship. We pretty much plan out our whole lives without him. This is to say, we plan out our education, our employment, our marriage, our parenting, our retirement, our future without really consulting him.  And then, we have the gall to ask God to bless what we have planned. 

The problem is that this is not Lordship because, like the British monarchy, it is mostly ceremonial without giving the King much power over our lives.  Jesus is the absolute King and Lord of all, including us, for “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to [him]” (Matt. 28:18). We don’t merely add Jesus to our lives so that he can help us to obtain our goals; instead, he is the source of all dimensions of our lives. Lordship means we give God a blank sheet and ask Him to write out the theme of our lives, which we, then, follow. 

So in 2020, let’s stop treating God as a figurehead Lord; instead, let’s respond to Him as who He really is: “the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Acknowledge that Jesus is the Lord of your life. 

Prayer: Mighty God, forgive us for holding You in contempt by treating You as equal to British monarchs.  We’re so foolishly in thinking that that is somehow okay with You. Awake us to the reality that You are the King and we are Your subjects.  Thank You also for being benevolent ruler. Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: John 12-13

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