Christ the King

November 18th, 2011 Posted in writing

Christ’s kingship is real. Christians acknowledge him (read the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians) as the image of the invisible God, the one in whom the fullness of divinity dwells, the one who holds all things together, brings forgiveness, and reconciles everything by his death. He reigns, and he wishes to extend his kingdom of justice, peace, and love.

But he does not reign by force. In our lives and world, he invites but does not compel. He reigns only if we allow him to. He leads only if we are willing to be led. He reconciles only if we wish to be reconciled. His love changes us only if we let it in. And he establishes justice and peace only to the extent that we let him.

Are there areas our lives and the world where Christ has been partially or entirely excluded, where his reign is less than it could be? How we can invite him to be King in those, too, remembering that he does not compel people to accept his rule?

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