In Pursuit of Reverence and Order
by Sarah Martin
I was a 26 year old in love with Jesus, desperately searching for direction in life and in faith when it all just clicked. With one depth-filled quote, questions that I didn’t even know I’d asked found answers in the depths of my mind.
What is truly important in life?
Where does Jesus fit into it all?
Several years ago I had the awesome opportunity to sit under the teaching of beloved Chuck Colson. A visionary, Chuck unabashedly embedded himself into culture and set out to teach others to do the same –– to live out their faith at work, at home, in politics –– every area of life. Chuck started off his teaching with this profound quote that forever changed my view of life and faith.
In essence, Chuck Colson taught what Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper had taught before him, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’”
As we allow Christ into the center of our lives we see that His mighty arm extends and protects us when life throws us its most messy junk. Here’s a phrase that I hope you will be willing to wrap your mind around: living out the Kingship of Christ. I know it sounds a bit intimidating and maybe a bit “churchy,” but there is great reverence and relevance in this phrase. Once we internalize the concept that Christ is King over all our life issues and is faithful to lead us through them with power and might, we look at life with a renewed perspective and increased hope.
If you are anything like me, my default thought process is putting myself or others as ‘king,’ but when I give Christ the throne I am able to serve Him reverently. Living out the Kingship of Christ means we accept His authority. Living out the Kingship of Christ means we accept His forgiveness. Living out the Kingship of Christ means we revere Jesus in all of His majestic glory as He sits on His throne –– in full control of the very universe He commanded into being. When we absorb this thought process into our daily ups and downs, we stop surviving life––we thrive.
Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4:16 The Amplified Bible
In a world chock full of irreverence, I tend to cling to concepts that guide me to authentic truth. Without the reverent truth that Christ is King, we float through life lacking direction in our search for authority and order to life. I believe that deep down, each of us know we are not in charge, but are we willing to admit Who is?
What’s Holding You Back?
For so long I segmented my life into various arenas, striving to figure out where I’d allow my faith in Jesus to take precedence. My need to control the direction of my career kept me from turning to the Lord for His wisdom. I also quickly shut God out when the stress of my work week was easily alleviated by wild parties with my friends. Thinking that I knew best how to navigate my romantic relationships, I neglected Scripture that warns us to protect our hearts and bodies. The Bible refers to this as pride. Not a pretty word, but it sums up what held me back from living out the Kingship of Christ and allowing Him to pour a pure love into my life rather than depend on the glimpses of love I sought after in other people. Pride locked me in a holding pattern of depending on my own faulty logic in my career and relationships.
We don’t have to live locked up in our faulty logic or search for order in the world. Back in Genesis, God set the stage when He spoke the world into existence. He linked the chain of command when He formed man from dust. He declared the creation good, but didn’t stop there. We serve a God who is in charge, who is the King, but He doesn’t sit back and just watch from His place of power. Rather, our King is involved in every square inch of our lives. He searches every square inch of our heart and desires to show us His ultimate love amidst His ultimate authority. Let us all live out the Kingship of Christ and trust that…
Jesus, the very One who spoke and the universe appeared, is ready to take your stress over paying bills and declare your bank account, “Mine!”
Jesus, the One and only, who counts every hair on your head, is willing to calm the anxiety over your job interview and declare our entire career, “Mine!”
Jesus, your loving King, aches for your broken heart and declares your love life, “Mine!”
Jesus, your Abba Father, reaches out to your concern over family drama and declares the relationships, “Mine!”
Whatever stresses you out these days, let these truths soak into your mind and migrate to your heart as you revere your King and find order to your life.
Sarah Martin is a writer, speaker and blogger offering encouragement to twentysomethings in transition. In addition to blogging at LiveitOutBlog.com, Sarah is the author of the book, Stress Point: Thriving Through Your Twenties In A Decade Of Drama (Thomas Nelson)