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Ephesians 1:15-23

I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and the love that you show towards all the saints, have never failed to remember you in my prayers and to thank God for you. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to fill knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heave, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named, not only in this age, but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet, and made him as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.

Luke 12:8-12

Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of God’s angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God’s angels.

“Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

“When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.”

“Jesus is my King.”

How many of us can say that with every fibre of our being? What does it mean to say that Jesus is my King? It means that Jesus is #1 in every part of our lives… not just in our faith, but in every aspect of our lives.

All sin can be simply reduced to: seeking independence from God. We want to be masters of our own lives. We want to be in control of our own lives. This is what society and the media tells us is our right. As an advertisement of a fast-food restaurant says: You have the right to have what you want, exactly when you want it. … We may be the King, but you my friend, are the almighty ruler.

That’s right. We want things our way, not God’s way. In so doing, we are removing God from his throne and putting ourselves on that throne. And we do this in many more ways than we think. For example, when we seek “secret” knowledge in the form of feng shui, divination, tarot cards, palmistry, etc. We say we do this because we want to unlock the powers of the mind or the world around us. But we really do this because we want to be in better control of our lives, and we recognise that there are forces at play here that are beyond our control. We want to learn how to manipulate those forces to our ends.

Even the simple concept of luck is in question. By its very definition, luck is something beyond our control. But how often do we see ourselves lamenting our bad luck, or praising ourselves for our good luck? How often do we carry good luck charms, wearing lucky clothes, choosing lucky numbers (7, 8) and dates? How often do we avoid bad luck charms, avoid unlucky numbers (4, 6, 13), saying “good luck”? Do we realise that this is a subtle form of replacing Jesus with ourselves as King?

To mean what we say when we say that “Jesus is my King” is not an easy thing, and even harder to live. It entails surrendering ourselves, our time, our effort, our security (especially our security) to Jesus, cooperating with him and yet relying on him to provide for us. In a person that denies the existence of God, this is foolishness. Yet, it is the only thing that is truly wise in a person who can say with certainly that “Jesus is my King”.

To even be able to declare openly that “Jesus is my King” requires grace from God. It is not something that can be said and truly meant by our own strength and abilities, for if we believe that “Jesus is my King”, then even saying that means total reliance on God.

Is it something impossible to live out? For men, it is impossible. But for God, anything is possible.

Dear Jesus, we ask for the grace to be able to say that “Jesus is my King” and mean it with all our hearts. We know that we will fail to live this out from time to time, and in fact, probably very often, but we pray for the grace to get up each time that we fail, and to keep trying to work towards a life that is completely dependent on you for everything. Amen.

Give Thanks to the Lord for: Giving a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed.

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