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Jesus Is King: Humble Yourself Before God

Zach Farrar (Community Groups Coordinator)

In recent days we’ve seen over and over that Jesus is King. We may fancy ourselves in charge of our lives, but when life gets hectic and overwhelming, we are faced with the reality that we really don’t control anything. God alone is Sovereign King. He alone created the world and even now “sustains everything by the mighty power of His command,” (Hebrews 1:3).

What does that mean for us that Jesus is King? If Jesus is really the One in charge, how should we live differently? The answer is simple – we should humble ourselves before the Lord. As the Good and Gracious Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the universe, He alone deserves our unflinching loyalty, devotion, and love. In light of how big and phenomenal God is – especially how He is a King who stoops down low to serve and save us – we should be reminded how small we are, and turn our hearts away from building our own petty, broken kingdoms where we call the shots. Instead, we should humble ourselves before the Lord and follow Him.

Here’s a few ways we can do that today:

Repent, Believe, Follow:

This might seem elementary, but its the start of true humility and spiritual life. In turning away from doing life our own selfish, broken way, we acknowledge that when we sit on the throne of our own hearts, life is a mess. Sometimes might be great, but others, are a total train wreck. When we turn away from our own way of life and sin (repentance) and trust in Jesus to provide us with spiritual life, hope, and peace, we make God King again. After we repent and believe in Jesus, true humility – true awareness of our place as creatures – compels us to trust and follow God. Rather than resume life our way, we follow Him. We stop spending our money solely on fleeting, material things. We start reading Scripture to understand God and His way more. We start telling our neighbors about the hope and life we have in Christ. Why? Because in humility we understand we are not the king or queen of the world – God alone is Sovereign King.

Make God Big in your life again:

Whether you have known Jesus for 6 months or 60 years, we all struggle with remembering who God really is. In the absence of seeing how grand, marvelous, and glorious He is, we each can loom large in our own eyes. As pride creeps in, we consider and eventually try life our own sinful way again. A helpful guard against this downward spiral is to make God big in our lives again. How? For starters by reading His Word and taking it seriously. We need to reject the “Jesus is my Homeboy,” mentality of our world that forgets that while Christ is the God who dwells in unapproachable light and glory (1 Tim. 6:16). We recommend reading the book of Hebrews or Colossians in the New Testament – both of these books point us to look at Jesus, our King, who is greater, better, higher, and more powerful than anything and anyone else. Humility starts not with us trying hard to be selfless, but with seeing God as He really is – the Great and Glorious Savior and King.

Read Books about God:

Another great step in reminding ourselves of who God is and who we are in light of His holiness is by reading the works of Christians who faithfully loved and followed Jesus until the end. These men and women finished their journeys well and have left us a treasure trove of writings, pointing us back to God. We recommend checking out J.I. Packer’s Knowing God, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, Humility by Andrew Murray, and My Utmost for His Highest (updated English version) by Oswald Chambers. These men all loved the Lord deeply, served His Kingdom, and left us great lessons to learn from. Consider picking up one of these at the bookstore and reading it slowly, prayerfully, asking God to reveal who He is to you. In light of seeing God as He really is, we realize how small we are, and learn to humble ourselves before Him as our King.

Repent Again and Live Faithfully:

This week we have seen that not only is Jesus a humble King who comes and serves broken, wicked sinners like you and I, but He also is a triumphant, glorious King. One day He will return to fully inaugurate and establish His kingdom on earth. In light of that great news, we are to live faithfully now and repent when we sin. Of Christ’s return as King, Peter wrote:

“Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight.” (2 Peter 3:11-14)

In short, since we know our King is returning, we should live obedient lives now. Though obedience at times is painful and less than appetizing, in humility, we recognize that our King has a better way than our own rebellion against Him. In light of His reign as King, we should humbly repent each day of sin that we have allowed to creep back into our lives. From being a lazy husband or father to indulging in gossip about a co-worker to living complacently in the suburbs rather than telling our neighbors about Jesus, we all should keep Jesus as King fresh before our eyes, and in light of His reign and rule, repent so that we may be found living faithfully when He returns.

Post Series: Advent 2015

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