Scripture Readings: Luke 17:21; Exodus 15:18
Welcome to this wisdom message that provides you with the daily strength you need. The two scriptural references present the very important fact that the kingdom of heaven is with us; and we must let this kingdom reign forever. Luke 17:21 says, “In fact, the kingdom of God is within you.” And Exodus 15:18 says, “You, Lord, will be king for ever and ever.” In the book of Exodus, the people of Israel had just conquered their enemies. It was a time of thanksgiving for them. If they would want to remain in such bliss and continue to enjoy such favour, one thing was sure to be put in place and that was giving God His due place in their lives. They would have to let God reign. Truly, God’s kingdom was amongst them; in fact, this kingdom was in each of them. Hear this, whenever man decides not to allow God His rightful place, he, obviously, heads for destruction and doom. Consciously or unconsciously, he erects for himself, family and generation altars of pain, starvation, stagnation, poverty and disfavour. Man cannot do without God. For man to be successful in his career, he must be detached from the things of this world. He must learn how to “Let go of those frivolities, of his own capabilities and let God.”
Let us go into the scriptures and see what it means to let Christ reign. The Israelites felt that they needed God no more. They wanted to be like every other nation around them. They desired a king that would judge them just like the surrounding nations around them. Samuel immediately told them about the disadvantages of such adventure but they refused to listen. They said, “No! We are determined to have a king, so that we can be like the other nations, with our king to rule us and lead us and fight our battles.’ (1 Sam. 8: 19) This was the beginning of problems to come. A time of disaster awaited them; a time effaced with sorrows dawned; a future soon to meet with their exile resided around them, though veiled. This was not a good step at all for them to have ventured into. They displaced God as their King and wanted a human to reign as king for them. This was the biggest mistake they ever made. This mistake brought the misfortune they did not expect would come their way. They and their children were to suffer the consequence of such decision and action. They wanted a visible king; they desired a king like themselves and not God. The very moment man thinks that he can live without God, that’s the advent of the avalanche of troubles in his numbers.
O child of God, the truth of the matter is that so many Christians have dashed themselves into kingdoms not meant for them. And right in these kingdoms, are fake kings that possess nothing than the power of destruction. But, when we make Jesus the King of our lives, we glow in eternal happiness. In fact, we have chosen the better part. We do not need any other king to rule, except Jesus. We need to let Jesus reign in our lives. This is not negotiable, for a life where Jesus does not reign is like a tree that bears no fruit. There is much to our salvation when we give our all to Jesus. Surrender your kingdom to Jesus and let Him reign in your life, spiritual growth, relationships, marriage, business, transactions, and so on. Beloved, the Holy Spirit asks you, is Jesus reigning in your life? Who is the king of your life? Whose kingdom do you belong? Who is number one in your life? What and where lies your priorities? What do you desire? Who is the boss of your life? Who is the engineer behind your being? What is the propelling force behind every action you take? Whose instructions do you follow? Who occupies your tent of glory? Dearly beloved in Christ, examine your heart today about these questions.
MASS: WHITE Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87:1-3.4-5.6-7 (R. Ps 117:1a); Accl. Jn 10:27; Jn 10:22-30
1. Take this song: “I surrender all (2x), All to Jesus, my Blessed Saviour. I surrender all.”
2. Seek the forgiveness of the Lord for not having Him be the Lord and Master of your life at all times.
3. Handover your being and everything that concerns you to the Lord, asking Him to take charge of all that you have and are.
4. Take this prayer: Lord Jesus, I make you the owner of all that I am and have. Jesus, reign in my life, my family, my business, my decision making, etc. (Please take seriously)
5. Pray for the grace to see yourself solely dependent on the workings of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Exercise: Write a letter to Jesus, with the content that you want Him to reign as your personal Lord and Saviour. Keep this letter in your Bible and read it every day for fourteen days and drop it in the petition box in your Parish.
Meditation: Rom. 13:12