The Lord our King
"Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more;
but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also"
The power to become what He is, comes from our recognizing
that within ourselves we can never become. We live, only as
He "lives" within us. What a difference between
trying to live a Christian life by our own strength, and inletting
the Christ of eternity live out His life within us, hour by
Once we have made Him our Lord, there is no longer room for
self or self-will. He is to be the center of all. Everything
must adjust to His sovereign will, then our bodies will indeed
become His Temple. We have been bought at a terrific cost
- the precious blood of Jesus - that we might glorify Christ
in the totality of our being. We are to look to Him alone,
for infinite resources are at His disposal in our behalf.
Suffering is the heart of the curriculum in the school of
obedience and is for our education; earthly and heavenly.
At times, suffering may seem purposeless, but it produces
great value: the formation of the character and likeness of
our blessed Jesus within us. These daily "little"
crosses enable us to receive the fullness of His life and
to rise above our circumstances, as we let Him reign.
What victory when He is made King of our lives. What responsibility
is lifted from our shoulders! We have labored for years and
failed, wrestling with our weaknesses and our problems. But
when He is invited within and made ruler, He breathes His
life into us and causes us to step out of the "Why?"
of our human reasonings and the confusion of our vain imaginations.
We are to be totally overcome by Christ Jesus and then submit
ourselves to the rule of His Kingdom. For nothing can withstand
the power of His indwelling presence.
Surely it is to be Himself only that is seen. Jesus died
for me and He expects me to die for the brethren.
2 Corinthians 4:10-12 Always bearing about
in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also
of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which
live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that
the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal
flesh.So then death worketh in us, but life in you.