Reigning on earth
Text: Revelation 5:9-10
God’s concern for man is to restore him to his former position on earth. He was not comfortable that man, who is supposed to be seated on earth as a king, is rendered destitute because of loss of holiness. Man became naked and lost his throne. His throne and glory were taken away from him wherein he became a vagabond seeking help. God graciously brought him to Himself.
The enemy will not ordinarily fold his hands to see a child of God extricate himself from his captivity. This is why a believer must always strive to overcome the antics of the wicked and avoid playing with sin. The devil will stop at nothing until he makes one fall. He can devise all the available temptations to pull a sincere child of God from faith. The prodigal son fell victim to the devil’s trap when he requested his own portion of the property from his father. It was given to him, but he wasted it away with riotous living. But when he discovered his worth, he arose to meet his father. The father accepted him and brought him to his position with benefits.
Contrary to the prodigal son’s expectation, his father, in addition to receiving him, conferred on him the authority of kingship by giving him a signet ring of authority. He never expected it! This is exactly what the Lord has done for us. We were formerly sinners and rejected by circumstances around us, but the Lord came and conferred on us the authority of kings. He took away the shame and brought to us the raiment of royalty. He sealed it with a signet ring of power and authority. With this new privilege, we have fully recovered the lost dominion. The devil has no power over us anymore; he has lost the battle over our lives.
The devil had never wanted man to be free on earth. He wanted him to remain in perpetual captivity, but God fought him to a standstill. The battle was won and the victory has been given. To consolidate on the victory, we need to go out to sinners and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to them. The Lord is the product and He is busy marketing Himself. All that we need to do is to join forces with heaven to bring expected results.
We are kings and queens and as such, we must conduct ourselves in a unique way. It is not all places that a king and queen enter. They are selected because they know their worth. They cannot go to beer parlours to take alcohol. They cannot put on harlot’s attire because they know it is strange to their norms and standards. They are people of fair words because their words are power and authority.
We are called to reign as believers by God. It is our right from creation! But this right can be denied by mere carelessness like in the case of Adam. This calls for carefulness and daily consciousness as we walk with the Lord.
As we exercise our authority bequeathed to us by the Lord, we are sure of reigning with Christ and taking charge of our earth.
For further reading: 1 Sam. 4:20-22; Mark 10:46; Lev. 13:3; Luke 15:11-14; Gen. 41:41-44; Luke 15:22-23; Rev. 5:10; Psalms 115:16; Isaiah 14:19; 2 Cor. 10:6; Isaiah 14:17.
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