4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, 5 and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day—with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also. 9 Now therefore, heed their voice. However, you shall solemnly forewarn them, and show them the behavior of the king who will reign over them.”
(I Sam. 8:4-9)
During this past week a new president of the United of States of America has been elected. The so called leader of the free world. But we who are of Christ know there is only one true leader who is King of kings and Lord of lords. The one who died for our sins and set us free to follow Him and share His Gospel.
But let me ask you a question. If you voted in this election. Who did you vote for and why? Are you concerned about how this world is being corrupted? Do you think a man can stand in this world and correct the wrongs or clear a path to return this nation back to it’s presumed roots?
To tell you the truth, it really doesn’t matter. For those of us in Christ were charged with only 1 duty.
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat. 28:16-20)
Now you might be wondering if I and my wife voted. Yes we did. But we didn’t choose any candidate on the ballot. We actually wrote in the name of the one who already rules. Yes, we wrote in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? Because it ultimately doesn’t matter who the new king or queen would be in this nation.
It matters most if we preach the Gospel. The more people who hear and accept the Gospel, the more disciples there are to keep evil at bay. The fewer there are who preach and share the Gospel, the fewer there are who will hear it.
Think about it for a moment. If two people share the Gospel with twenty people and ten accept and begin to share and more people accept the Gospel then the Body of Christ begins to mushroom. Yes there is a day appointed for the return of Christ and the majority of the world rejects Him. But does that loose us from our bonds to His charge to us? No. Why? Because He suffered and died on the cross for us. Why would He not expect at least as much from us?
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. 24 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.
So then let us not be ashamed to proclaim our Lord and Savior! Let us stand firm together proclaiming the Gospel. Let us not bow down to earthly powers where it concerns His Truth! Even if these earthly powers are mothers or fathers, wives, husbands, sons or daughters.
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
34 “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 14:25-35)
Now then, who is your king?