DAY 33 // WE DON'T VOTE IN A KING

WE DON'T VOTE IN A KING

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”

// Proverbs 25:28

Our nature by design is not a democracy, but a kingdom. We have tried to govern our own souls but have run our country into bankruptcy. Overcome by all sorts of enemies, our defenses have run thin as we've tried to hold off the onslaught of life against our nature. Our walls have broken down; our cities have become overrun by fear, anger, temptation, failure, doubt. Our national identity has been removed and we find ourselves not knowing who we are – impoverished, suffering and shivering in the cold, war-torn city called “self.” We are looking for someone who can restore this city to its former glory; we are looking for a King.

Our nature by design is not a democracy, but a kingdom. We have tried to govern our own souls, but ran our country into bankruptcy. Overcome by all sorts of enemies, our defenses have run thin as we try to hold off the onslaught of life against our nature. Our walls have broken down; our cities have become overrun by fear, anger, temptation, failure, doubt. Our national identity has been removed and we find ourselves not knowing who we are; impoverished, suffering and shivering in the cold, war-torn city called “self.” We are looking for someone who can restore this city to its former glory; we are looking for a King.

Our will, regal in nature, was designed to be governed by our conscience (which is a reflection of God’s law), but we were influenced by all sorts of foreign thoughts and ideologies, and we lost our way. We vote daily on who might rule our hearts – sometimes Jesus, sometimes self, sometimes the evil one. But the rightful King cannot be voted in. He is not one to be chosen; He does the choosing and we do the submitting. In an age of democracy, this seems like such a foreign concept and almost backwards. We fear relinquishing control of ourselves, because who would love us more than we love ourselves?

This fear seems so real and so inescapable until we meet the King of Kings. This King is different from every king we have ever come across, different from every leader we have ever met. This King not only designed this city, but this King was willing to die for this city; He was willing to give His very life to restore this city to its full glory and beauty.

The King drives out all the bandits, all the enemies, all the fear with His weapon of perfect love. Darkness leaves these city streets and we begin to hear the sounds of laughter, joy and happiness again as the King rules with the interest of the whole city. His dominion does not bring terror, but total freedom. Self-control of our city is now restored through surrender to the Spirit of this King. He rules from within the throne of our hearts and we now have the power to hold off the enemies without. Enemies that used to overrun us no longer have firepower, for the King's weapons of faith, hope and love have brought a new eternal reign of peace that transcends any peace we had when we were a democracy.

Our nature by design is not a democracy, but a kingdom. Only a King can govern in such a way that will cause the kingdom within to flourish. May we stop taking a vote on who will rule our hearts today and submit to the kingship of the one true King, Jesus Christ.

// Pastor Joshua Kelsey