See You as Kings
I have been meeting with many pastors and believers. I have given counseling and have prayed with them for God’s leading of their lives and ministries. It was very rare to encounter someone (pastors and believers) who had clearly known their identity as kings of the kingdom of heaven, and had visions and dreams to build their own kingdom of heaven.
Although some had such visions and dreams, almost of all of their methods were those of the world. Their beginnings had excellent motivations and intentions, but it is so easy to forget the Lord in the midst of operations (Mat 4:9).
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
We should not forsake the kingship predestined for us from ever before the creation till the last moment of our lives.
Matthew 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
1. A King Does Not Live For His Family Alone
Kings life will perish when his kingdom is demolished, even if his family - sons, son’s wives, own wife, brothers – prospers. When a kingdom perishes, the king does not have anyone who could save his life including his family and relatives. They all have to perish together with the king.
One of the biggest problems of today’s believers (pastors and saints) is that their prime concern is focused on their own interests – welfare of their children, issues of husband and wife, etc. They are devoting themselves to those personal matters, as if their lives are totally dependent on them. They pray for them, give offering for them, serve for their sakes, and contribute to their church for those matters.
As you may have already conjectured, these are mere problems of life. When one problem is solved, then another problem comes. Our life is filled with those problems, even to its end. We could easily be buried by a series of such events. If one tries to write up all his problems on his gravestone, there may not be enough space to write them all. That is why our Lord is telling us to focus our attention primarily on the kingdom of heaven which is given by the Lord.
Matthew 10:34-38 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. (36) And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (38) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
King Saul had a faithful son Jonathan. He and his faithful son had to die with his kingdom when he was defeated by his enemy (1 Sam 31:1-2).
2. A King Does Not Live Only For Riches or Possessions
Most problems of believers (pastors and saints) are material problems. If a pastor prays for his material problems, he may not receive any solutions to those problems. This was the first test the devil gave to our Lord Jesus (Mat 4:4).
And even if we amassed an amount of material wealth, it eventually will go to the hands of other people and it will all disappear. A king’s riches and possessions will disappear if a king can not keep his kingdom.
When a king is interested in own riches and possessions and not paying attention to keeping his kingdom, he and his kingdom, including all of his riches and possessions, will disappear.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the
3. King Does Not Live As A Hireling.
Any king does not live to master any particular skills or talents. A king can devise and make all kinds of inventions, he can play all kinds of musical instruments and perform great works of art, but the king’s position is never maintained by his skills or talents. A king’s power is to utilize as many skilled and talented people as needed.
As people live with their own jobs or skills, it is so easy for believers to consider their jobs more important than serving God. They live their whole life as servants of their employer (Gal 1:10).
Although believers work at their job places, they have to keep their kingdom of heaven as kings. They have to seek first the kingdom of heaven.
4. A Kingdom Cannot Stand If A King Ignores and Deprives His Own People
There are some believers (pastors and saints) who have competitive character. They always try their best to win over others. When someone is opposing their idea or trying talk against them, they retaliate mercilessly. These kings are dictating kings of imperial kingdoms. They cannot last for long, as proven by human history. The glory and honor of a king is to satisfy the need of his people, to be just, and to be righteous to realize truth.
God has chosen us as instruments of righteousness. Our kingdom will stand forever only by God’s word and righteousness.
Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
We have to ask God for the kingdom of heaven to come into our lives, and should not be drawn by temptations of the prince of the world, the devil.
5. A Kingdom Cannot Be Defended By Destroying Other Kingdoms
In imperialistic kingdoms, the kingdom expands its own territory by overturning neighboring kingdoms. This type of kingdom may enjoy its riches looted from other overturned kingdoms and may become boastful of their strength, however, eventually the kingdom will corrode.
The king has to continue to conquer other kingdoms, in turn encouraging extravagant life styles from the people, leading to further degradation of the kingdom and eventually weakening their military power. The kingdom slowly spreads itself too thin among the conquered and discontent. Many kingdoms throughout history have perished by this principle.
It is, therefore, far wiser to make peace treaties with one’s neighbors and to help each other. The same is true for believer’s life. We have to supply the needs of enemies in love, instead of destroying them. Let the righteousness and justice of God judge our enemies. Then our kingdoms will stand by God.
Romans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (19) Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (20) Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
6. A King Cannot Keep His Kingdom Only By Observing Commands and Statutes
In every kingdom, there are those who revolt against authority and destroy order. If a kingdom arrests and punishes them, their number may gradually increase, and as the kingdom reaches its limit, it can no longer control its security. This is why they use education and pardons to embrace and to correct them.
When we are ministering to others in church, job places,
or at home, we can not successfully lead them to goodness when we use doctrines
or regulations only. We have to redeem
with sacrifices or forgive them so that they may have hope. Thus
7. All Are Kings: Kings of Heaven or Kings of Earth
The modern age can be called as ‘age of resistance’. No one wants to submit to any other person. It is because we all were born with a mission to be kings. We should not pretend to serve others or humble ourselves before others. Rather, we have to be honest to ourselves that we are kings and accept others as kings.
All problems in our lives arise from that we all cannot be kings as we are supposed to be. Therefore, we must first make our neighbors kings with the gifts and love God has given to us. Husbands let our wives be kings, wives serve our husbands as kings, and let children and parents all be kings.
Ephesians 5:22-6:9 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. (24) Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (26) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (27) That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (28) So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (29) For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (30) For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (31) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. (32) This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (33) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. (6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (2) Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; (3) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (4) And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (5) Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; (6) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (7) With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: (8) Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. (9) And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
This is the only way I can have my life peaceful as a king. Although it may look complicated to go through the process to be a king, we all will walk on the golden pavement on that day with authority, power and glory of king.
Revelation 21:24-22:5 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it. (25) And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. (26) And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. (27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. (22:1) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (3) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign forever and ever.
8. A King Has To Invest All He Can For His Kingdom
Our Lord Who came to earth and restored the throne of King David called us ‘friends’ (Joh 15:15). We have to learn from the successful King. We have to follow Him. We have to be ‘disciples’.
We all are disciples who are learning ‘the way of King’. We therefore forsake all unnecessary things (Luk 14:26).
Luke 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.