Servant to the King of Kings
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. The author of this letter and statement is Peter, the apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. The purpose of this letter was to encourage those who were suffering in Asia Minor (Jewish believers). Peter was making them aware of who they were in God's Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is the only kingdom in which every citizen is designated a king. Remember, their rulership isn't over people, but in a specific area of gifting. This is why King Jesus is referred to as the King of kings and Lord of lords.
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
We are kings who serve the world with our God-given gift. We serve our way into leadership. This is what Jesus meant when He stated:
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” The Kingdom functions on the basis of servant leadership.
Keep in mind, once you have entered the door (accepted Jesus the Christ), there is nothing that is more vital to our spiritual growth than to understand the nature of the Kingdom concept of which we are not citizens. Our heart should reflect the heart of Christ, as well as our minds with His mind. The Kingdom represents the heart of the entire work of God. Everything that the Lord God states and does relates to His Kingdom. That is why it is so important that we understand its nature. If we are to be faithful children of the King and ready to rule the domain He has given us; we must know His heart and how to rule in His name.
- How does a Kingdom citizen serve his way into leadership?
- What qualities does servanthood bring to leadership?
- What qualities does leadership bring to servanthood?
- How can you improve the rulership you have through your gift?
- Are there ways you can reflect more of the Kingdom?
- How do your God-given gifts reflect the Kingdom of God?
- How do they show the heart of God?
Words to Meditate on:
Our culture is disintegrating all around us. People are living in despair. All we have to do is view the internet or listen to a news broadcast any day of the week to realize that daily life is full of uncertainty and instability. Because the kingdom of this world is temporary and will one day pass away. I have nothing of enduring quality in which we can trust with any confidence.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. If you may have noticed, He mentioned that His Word will not pass away.
Remember, the King's Word is always sovereign. The Lord God will always honor His Word, and in the fullness of time.
I Peter 2:9-10 Revelation 19:16 Matthew 20:26-28 Matthew 24:35