The King of Your Mountain

king_of_the_mountain-720x340Life is precious. However, the way we treat it at times is the exact opposite of that. I am reminded of the game we played as children, we called it “King of the Mountain” in our neighbourhood. The objective was to climb to the top of the dirt pile and defend your spot with all your might!  This would involve tossing all competitors off your “regal territory.” What a blast!

Unfortunately, my friends, some adults, some Christian adults, some Christian adults who are leaders in the church are still “playing” that game. But, it isn’t a game. And, it is acted out in the “dirt” of daily crux of relationships and responsibilities.

In the church of Jesus Christ the rules are different, they are the exact opposite in fact. The way up is down, the way to life is death to self, (Phil 3:8; Matthew 10:38). We place God’s agenda above our own and seek to make him the King of all of who we are.  Our goal is to advance his ethic of love and forgiveness, (Matthew 28:19-20).

Because life is precious we take serious the biblical commands that are centred around the “one-anothers”, (Romans 12:3-21).  In the community of the redeemed there is a mutual recognition that on our own we cannot make it, (1 Corinthians 12). We need each other to “spur each other on to love and good works,” (Hebrews 10:24). I, therefore, cannot claim that I am superior to you! How dare I!

The spiritual leaders of the church still need to recognize their need to practice these good works. Too often, I have seen those same leaders act as if they are above the necessity of daily practicing the spiritual disciplines of prayer, love, and diving into the Bible, realizing that they too need to confess their sins. Some of these people have forgotten that they have reached where they are because did practice them at one time, not because they deserve to be there!

Whoever you are, whatever title you have in front of your name, you would do well to remember who actually is the King! It isn’t you, it is the One who “bought you with a price” to remind you that “you are not your own.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)

Friends, we must live in the light of the truth that Jesus Christ is the true King of the mountain in our lives! How is it going for you?

For His Glory,

Pastor Bill Finch

The King

CrownSome kings are despots who care nothing for their subjects.  They are in it totally for selfish gain.  Others are much more benevolent in caring for the poor and for the overall good will of the community.  None, whether good or selfish, can match the absolute grace and humility that Jesus embodied when he entered Jerusalem to the cheers of “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:13).

Jesus could have commanded the company of legions, and legions of angels to prepare the way, but he did not.  He could have commanded the most impressively beautiful, strong horse to ride into the city, but he chose a donkey.  But we shouldn’t be surprised, for the three years of his earthly ministry he talked about those who would be the greatest in the kingdom of God. Not the powerful, not the rich and not the famous; rather it would be those who are the ones who serve others first.  Jesus spoke of the meek inheriting the earth, not the movers and shakers of society.Continue reading “The King”