God has given us each portions of his creation to rule and care for. And he expects us to be benevolent kings even as he is. But many of us have renounced our thrones or used them selfishly.
While we often don’t think in kingdom terms, it’s helpful to consider the full realm of our influence.
And our kingdom is simply that aspect of the world over which we have say.
As kids this might have been limited to picking out our clothes or rearranging our bedroom.
But God entrusted us with more as we matured.
And now we have greater possessions to care for, important relationships to guide, and deep purposes to fulfill.
All of these are part of the kingdom God has entrusted us with and will hold us responsible for.
Yet many of us have renounced our authority and the responsibility God has given us.
Perhaps we’re suspect of all authority and reject the idea that we have any duty to make things happen.
We deny our influence and the kingdom God has given us lies in ruins. It depreciates when there’s no one to actively care for it.
At other times, we’re aware of our influence but use it selfishly – operating more like a tyrant rather than a good king.
And here again our kingdom becomes impotent to bring more life and goodness into the world.
To live as the true sons of God we must accept the kingdoms he has given us.
This is not to make a name for ourselves, but rather to bring our little kingdoms into service of God’s ultimate kingdom and honor Christ as the true King of kings.
Embrace your throne. And let your kingdom become a light in a dark world.