Jesus is not just our Lord, Saviour and Friend. He is also our King and his reign over us demands an obedience of love.  But this demand is not a demand of force or violence but of humility and invitation.  We obey him because we are smitten by his love and having experienced such love, we know that to turn away from him is to turn away from life itself.  This is sin—when we choose something that couldn’t give us life over the Source of life, over Jesus our king.  SØren Kierkegaard wonderfully illustrated this Kingship of Jesus when he said that God is a king who doesn’t come by force or we would respond to him out of fear nor is he king who bribes us or we would respond to him out of the greed of our hearts.  He is a king who comes to us in beggars clothing so that we would love him for who he truly is and not what he has.  God has became man and shared everything to us so that we would know his love and once this love has smitten us, we give our all to him.  Having Jesus as king of our lives means that he is the one we go to first regarding everything.  It means that Jesus have access to all our secret sins and dreams.  It means that we trust him with our lives and with our provision.  In Augustine’s words:  “We trust the past to his mercy, the present to his grace and the future to his providence.”  Having him as king means that we are in relationship with him—not in a slavish relationship but in a loving dialogue.  Today, when a lot of things, relationships, pressures and worries that lay claim over our lives, we might be tempted to make them our reference points and to give them rule over our hearts.  Today as we celebrate Christ the King, we are asked to re-orient the directions of our hearts.  We are asked to re-discover he whom we serve.  We are challenged to give him reign over our lives.

Jesus, I ask you to take your rightful place in my life.  Rule my heart and all that I have and all that I am.  Come King Jesus and reign.

How do you perceive God’s demand of his Kingship over you?  Do you feel it as slavish or do you find it within a context of a relationship?