Sunday, April 12, 2009
The Cause of Christ and His Kingdom
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.” 29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?”
Is there not a cause? There is a plethora of causes to which we may give our time, resources and energy. Many of these causes are worthy in themselves, but the danger is that they become all consuming, and central in the thinking of those who commit themselves to such causes. At this point the causes become idolatrous, and the exclusive pursuit of these sub-causes hinders the progress and success of other causes.
There is really only one cause that subsumes every other cause. If we are committed to the Cause of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, then the issues of all the other causes will come into proper focus and have their proper place in the overall scheme of things. This cause presses the Crown rights of King Jesus, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His rulership is over all people, in every place, at every point of time, in regards to every possible situation. His Kingly Law addresses every area of life, and unites all aspects of life into one seamless whole. He works all things together for good, for those who love God and are the called according to His purpose.
When John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus, he said: "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Jesus' first words in His ministry were: "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand." Both John and Jesus answered King David's question: Yes, there is a cause; it is the cause of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. Repent of your idolatrous pursuits of all other minor causes, and commit yourself to THE cause. Submit to the Kingly rule of the Lord Jesus Christ, live out the culture of His divine kingdom, and press His kingly rights into every area of life amongst all people in every place throughout the time that remains until He comes to claim that which is His inheritance.
Maranatha! Even so Lord Jesus, come!