• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 4, 2021

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 9-11

I Chronicles 11:10 These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel.

It seems that if these chief of the mighty men were to make David the king over the nation that they would first have to make him king over them, meaning they had to choose sides. They had put it on the line. They had to bear whatever reprisals that would come from their decision.

The Old Testament is physical wherein the New Testament is spiritual. Today, the followers of Jesus Christ are to make Him King. Most often when this is spoken of it is from the standpoint of one person leading a person to Christ, or in discipling another. But what about the person who is trying to make Him King in other's lives. Is He King of their life? To make Him King over others, He must first be King of His own. This is only possible if His own choose to make Him King in their lives.

When Paul was in Thessalonica, he and others were charged with this ...these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. (Acts 17:7) Paul turned the world upside down for Christ, but first and foremost, Paul made Christ his personal King. On the very day of Paul's conversion he asked the Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? (Acts 9:6) From that day on, Jesus was Paul's King.

When a person makes Christ King of their lives, other kings, and lesser leaders of all sorts will become jealous which will move them to ugly actions. This is why in the above verse those who chose Caesar as their king (if you will) were vehemently opposed to those who held Jesus as King. You see, throughout your life individuals set themselves up as your leaders. People to whom you give allegiance. If a person chooses another leader they by default must reject their current leader's influence in their life. This will cause friction at least and harm at worst.

So, count the cost. For Jesus to be your King, none other can be. The old cowboys know this to be true; "You can't ride two horses with one rump." Meaning you must choose one or the other. It is like this, when a man says "I do" to a wife, he is by default saying "I don't" to all others. If he breaks this vow, trouble arises. The same is true with choosing Christ as your sovereign leader, by doing so you say no to all others who desire to be your sovereign leader. Yes, the Lord puts leaders in your life to guide, teach, help, counsel, and advise, but none are to be King except for Him.

Making Christ as King in our realm of influence is a worthy cause that should be pursued in earnest. First, however, is to make Him King in your own life.

Until tomorrow, live for your King today.

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