Today is the feast of “Christ the King.” Not everyone’s favorite. It seems nowadays this is one of the hardest for people to recognize because it’s the hardest to live out. At least for me, that is.
I mean, if you think about it... if He is “King of kings” (Rev. 17:14), then that means He holds all human rulers, earthly kingdoms, and political powers in the palm of His Hand... the way Horton holds a bunch of whos on a clover.
It means we exist only because He breathes life into us. We keep existing only because He gives us the grace to continue. The world keeps spinning only because He turns it with His Love, allows it through His Mercy, and protects it with His might.
And if this really is the case — if there is a higher power sustaining us, upholding us, and providing for us (if we ARE just a bunch of dearly beloved whos) — then shouldn’t we humble ourselves like the mayor of Whoville and listen for His voice?
Shouldn’t we reply to His word with thanksgiving and gratitude? Shouldn’t we “dethrone” ourselves, so to speak, and renounce the kingdom of self? Shouldn’t we put our wants, our beliefs, our politics, and our lifestyles aside if they are not in line with His? Ouch again!
Today, though, the mindset is: I will do whatever I want (as the diet coke commercial says) “Because I can.” We pretend we are in control of our own life, our own future, and our own destiny. Like a bunch of silly little whos, we think there’s nothing outside of this tiny “clover” of a world. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We are beheld and protected by a mighty God, the King of Kings... who loves us with a love we can’t comprehend.
But, tomorrow, if He calls you forth... if He tells your heart to stop beating, it will stop. If He puts down the clover, all life on it will cease.
So, today, let’s humble ourselves in prayer and call out to the one who is holding us up. I think if the whos can do it, so can we. 😉 Happy feast of Christ the King.
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts. (Hebrews 3:15)
“Therefore Pilate said to Him, "So You are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say correctly that I am a king For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." (John 18:37)