King of Glory
Prepare the way for the King of glory. Lift up your head and open the ancient doors. Make the path to His kingdom straight. Declare the good news, we can repent of our own ways that lead to death, the Prince of peace has come ushering in light and life.
Behold, He rides in to bring order in the chaos and wipe away every tear. But are we ready? Has what is rightfully His been returned to Him? Have we loved our neighbor enough to boldly declare His grace?
It all belongs to the King of glory
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
“But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.
—1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NASB)
From His hand we have given Him… In other words, anything we give to God was really His to begin with. Our finances, our goals, our children, every part of our lives were given to us by God. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” (NKJV)
Even though this isn’t a foreign idea to believers, it’s good to be reminded. But this truth carries on to the rest of the world, it is all a gift from Him and rightfully His possession. Do we recognize our great commission in light of this? The multitudes estranged from God are rightfully His, but they’ve been lost—and must be redeemed.
Declare the good news of the coming King
As someone who proclaims to take the great commission seriously, I have to admit I’m afraid to share the gospel. Even though God has given me compassion for the lost, and I don’t want to see anyone perish, I’m scared to offend. I’m reminded of His Lordship though. Jesus is more than an option.
There will come a time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess He is Lord. His perfect majesty will rule and it will be a wonderful time for all—except those who have denied Him. Jesus doesn’t tarry in His return, but wishes everyone would come to repentance.
I pray He would give us His burden for the lost. I pray we would be empowered and emboldened to declare His immense love, mercy, and grace. Jesus died so we might live. Let us now live lives worthy of His sacrifice, and freely give what has been freely given to us.
Who has the King of glory put on your heart? Pray for chances to reflect His love, and when the opportunity arises, step out in faith. You can be a part of returning to God what is rightfully His.