From Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

Romans 11: 36

There are many things that come to mind as the day begins. Some things may be urgent today, or there are issues and concerns that are weighty and complex that demand attention. Some of this even involves the work of the Lord; yet, above all of the rest there seems to be one thing that stands out as most important for me to focus my attention upon. So, here is a truly worthy calling for the day. I should look to God, and listen to His voice in every situation and in all circumstances. Thus, the strength of His truth will overcome all of the wisdom of the world and will redirect my own self-generated logic.

In all of the noise and the clutter of the world around me, Christ is the source that is worth seeking out, and His Spirit is the filter for what I need to know. The Spirit leads me to the truth that is found by listening well to God’s voice as He speaks to my mind and into my heart. He guides me into the center of the Word of Life so that what is true and holy and righteous overwhelms all the other voices that attempt to distract me from God’s purpose. Even the smallest of my activities and the simplest of interaction with others can be carried out in the wisdom of the Lord and for Him. All that I think, say, and do constitutes an act of worship that is consecrated to the Lord.

My prayer is that this day will be lived in a manner that demonstrates my relationship to Christ. Each person that I encounter is precious to Him, and every interaction that I have is one whereby that love, care, and understanding can become central if I subordinate my will to His as I engage with others. During this day I desire to touch the world and in a manner that leaves the fragrance of Christ behind and that leads people to seek out the source of that heady perfume for themselves. I widh to know nothing that He has not given to me; yet, I also know and recognize that the Lord has already given me everything that I will need to take me through this day. O Lord, let this day be one where my thoughts and what I do and say are pleasing to You. So, Lord, I surrender my all to You in the desire that who I am will bring glory to Your name. Amen. 

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Then Pilot said to Him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world – to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

John 18: 37

 

If you are a follower of Christ, you can expect to be questioned. In fact, I think that He expects for us to draw attention and to receive many inquiries into what we understand to be truth. If this is the case, then we are showing the world that there is something different about what we believe and in the way that we live out those beliefs. There is no doubt that this was how Jesus lived, for it is what has brought Him to the point in His incarnation where the servants of the world are fully focused on their futile attempt to end His influence. They are seeking to silence His voice thus muting the truth that so sternly confronts their sinful departure from God’s clearly stated way. Yet, despite their best efforts, they have no idea what it is that they are actually doing.

 

In the courtyard of the High Priest’s house and at the palace of the Roman Governor, the people are conducting a coronation ceremony. That roughly crafted crown of cutting and piercing thorns is in fact the regal headgear of the only authentic ruler in the world. This was true on that day, and it will remain so for all of time. Even the blows, the scourging, and the other forms of abuse that were poured out onto Jesus were an essential part of the ceremony. Evil does not go out without a fight. The ways of man are tenacious but doomed. So, Pilot reluctantly and unwittingly recognizes the King and follows that act of recognition up with an equally unintended act of supreme worship that is played out in the agony of crucifixion and that culminates in the glory of the risen King.

 

Thus, we come to our times and our lives. The world still asks after Pilot, “What is truth?” People continue to doubt and to question; they seek and they reject the living Word. Still, others are touched by the Spirit of Truth and yield their lives to His Christ. Our lord calls us to live in submission and in service to our King. Everything that we do and each aspect of that process of living is under His authority. After Jesus, there is no longer any separation of the sacred and the secular, and we can not follow Christ on the one hand and live under humanity’s rules on the other. When there is a divergence between those rules, we must follow Christ. So, we should be ready to be questioned, and we must be prepared to answer with the truth that is found only in Jesus Christ the reigning King.