Sep19WedSeptember 19, 2018
The atmosphere changes when royalty is in the house!
Recently I was pondering the beginning of the fall ministry run ahead of us. By us I mean pastors, leaders and volunteers in our EMCC churches, colleges, camps, mission sites and ministries. In a pondering moment, a song came up on Spotify by Kim Walker Smith titled, The King is Here. The song reminded me of how magnificent King Jesus is and of how magnificent His provision is for us. The nature of Jesus, His DNA, does not change. He is good, beautiful and strong … all the time! Jesus is magnificent. The song also reminded me that all the King asks of us is to trust His nature – He is always good, beautiful and strong; to be confident in His promises – He keeps His word; and to live with expectation - He will show up at just the right time. It is hard being this kind of leader because - our own humanity and spiritual maturity gets in the way sometimes. That is why we need to remember; the King is here!
Speaking of hard. The Psalmist challenges us to be the kind of leaders who “lift our sagging heads and broken-down doors and gates” so the King of glory may come in. You see, our lives are like a walled city with doors and gates.When we allow the circumstances of life and our leadership challenges to discourage us, the gate or door into our inner person becomes a barrier to the King. A gate that quickly and easily opens gives the King of glory opportunity to freely enter. When King Jesus enters, He changes the atmosphere. He releases His strength, might and glory for our benefit; yet not only for our benefit but for the benefit of His Kingdom!
Be encouraged as you read a portion of Psalm 24 …
“Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up you ancient of doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.”
The Path Less Travelled by…The path few travel on is the path of remembering that when the King is in the house He changes the atmosphere! For the King there is no problem, difficulty, circumstance, difficult person, possibility or opportunity that is too big for Him! Thank you King Jesus!