Have you noticed how confusion and chaos are literally almost everywhere in the world? That’s because from nations, to countries, to states, to cities, to towns, and all the way down to small groups and individuals…human beings are looking for power, money, sex, and drugs. It boils down to the original sin…selfishness. When you have a need to be your own king, bam! You’ve just put the Creator of the universe on the back burner. And that won’t work.
Maybe it’ll help you to think of it this way…
Since you didn’t invent the universe…and it didn’t invent itself…
You don’t get to make the rules, even though you can be your own king.
But here’s the good news…
The One who DOES get to make the rules is the only King who ever was, is, or will be who isn’t arbitrary and capricious. That’s good news for you and me because it means you can depend on Him. And it gets even better. He loves you. Want proof? How about the fact that He laid down His life for you so you could live forever with Him in Heaven? Sound like a fairy tale? Well, it isn’t. The evidence for this reality is enormous and overwhelming.
Look…you will never be able to do enough good deeds to give yourself eternal life. You will never say enough good words, think enough good thoughts, or give away enough good things. On your own you’re doomed. But you’re not on your own, and you never will be…if…you trust that the One who laid down His life for the sins of the world…included you in His kingdom.
So, if you’re still trying to be your own king, I hope you’ll reconsider. Give up the responsibility for the universe…or even your own private universe. Give it over to the only One who can handle the heavy load. And give in to Jesus. Otherwise…
You Just Don’t Get It
You want to live the way you want to live
And you want to be your own king
You think you’re wise enough to rule your world
And handle everything
But how much happiness is in your life
How many friends do you know
Who would give up their lives to give you yours
Do you think any would show
Well you idolize with your idle eyes
Your body wants what it wants, and you let it
You identify what you deify
You’ll see the kingdom, but you just don’t get it
You can’t submit to any higher will
You’d rather live in the dark
Well, you can have exactly what you say
Look where you’re making your mark
Don’t you think you should think about it
Do you know all there is to know
There’s a choice; you can’t live without it
You can be sure where you’re gonna go…
inst…chorus…repeat to end
Copyright © Tony Funderburk 1997