Can I thank you again for joining me in this 21 day feast? Yes, the act of worship is and should be worship-full and joy-filled regardless of circumstances. But honestly, this journey is best done together, don’t you think? When we sit at the table of our feast individually, yes, He is blessed. I know it. But joining together in community encouraging each other to keep going, to keep praising His name (no matter if we “feel” like it or not) makes the feast so much the more tasty.
Today’s verse brings me back to a concept that continually invigorates my vision of where I stand along the grand spectrum.
The Kingship of Christ.
The word pictures in these words and phrases are captivating. Years ago when I began putting pen to paper––fingers to keyboard––my driving force was an action filled phrase that God laid upon my heart…
Living Out The Kingship of Christ
LIVE IT OUT!
It reminds me of my upmost reality, that Christ is King in all power and authority and with incredible love, we have the privilege of partaking in His kingdom. I even put that ! in my phrase to keep the urgency at the forefront. The kingdom is here, now, and coming soon. Ultimately fulfilled when Jesus returns but ever present and pertinent now. The ! keeps me focused and in tune to seek the kingdom daily.
They will not be silent; they will talk of the grandeur of Your kingdom and celebrate the wonder of Your power. (Psalm 145:11 THE VOICE emphasis mine)
Oh Jesus, our KING! We will not be silent. Give us a glimpse of your kingdom today. Thank you for allowing us to take part and step into our kingdom purpose. All to your glory and fame, Lord. We will live today with an extra measure of exclamation and dedication to You! Amen!
I dedicated an entire chapter in Just RISE UP! to kingdom perspective. Would you like to read just a bit?
The kingdom of God is the reign of Christ—which seems odd and upside down to the world, yet gloriously logical in God’s kingdom.
Every kingdom has a king. But where most kings rule out of self-elevation and pride, our King came and served us first. He set the bar for us to follow as servants, and we can do that with the utmost dignity because we live and serve the King who defines the words good, beautiful, mighty, merciful, and grace.
In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember:
Though He was in the form of God, He chose not to cling to equality with God But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new; a servant in form and a man indeed. The very likeness of humanity, He humbled Himself, obedient to death—a merciless death on the cross! So God raised Him up to the highest place and gave Him the name above all. So when His name is called, every knee will bow,in heaven, on earth, and below. And every tongue will confess “Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,”
to the glory of God our Father! (Philippians 2: 5-11)
We choose to participate in the kingdom when we decide to make Jesus and His Word the center of our lives, our utmost reality. The kingdom of God will continue on with or without us, but oh, what we will miss out on if we only watch from afar. By worshipping God as our Creator and taking part in His kingdom activities, we have the privilege of allowing God to use us for His ultimate purposes, as in Colossians 1:16.
God’s kingdom is here and now. His authority over all is undeniable, though many choose to live blind to it and to fight against His power. Knowing that He reigns over all the universe, we evaluate our priorities and where our loyalties stand, and our perspective adjusts. (Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous, page 30-31)
Pour Out and Pour Forth
How will you “not be silent” and “celebrate” His kingdom today? (Ps. 145) Will you choose to sing out loud today? Will you choose to sit quiet in fear and reverence before the throne of the King, ready to hear His mighty voice? Will you ask one person, “Want to know what God did today?” Go ahead. Let’s do this together!