Who is the king of your heart?

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It was about mid-day on a Friday. An anxious Roman governor named Pilate plead with the Jews for the life of Jesus. Pilate knew that this Jesus was innocent and though he claimed to be a king, he was not worthy of capital punishment.  But the Jews responded harshly to Pilate’s attempt to spare Christ.

They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

Blinded by rage and anger at Jesus, the Jewish leaders spoke from their darkened hearts. The long-awaited Messiah, Jesus, was not their king! Imagine the people of God shouting, “We have no King but Caesar!” It was a dark moment on a day that would get increasingly darker.

What about you? Who is the king of your heart?

Before you answer, remember that your heart has already revealed the answer to your children, your spouse, to those who are closest to you. It is not enough to say that Jesus is your king. Your heart must live this out.

If Jesus is your king, it doesn’t mean you will be perfect. But it does mean you will be humble and repentant. It means you will be broken and acknowledge your weaknesses freely. It also means that there will be no ambiguity about who you serve. This is what you must show your children and your spouse.

Have the courage to ask yourself the question Pilate asked the Jews.  Do you want to reject the rule of Christ in your heart? The Jews did, they said, “We have no king but Caesar!” 

You and I have a different answer to give. We can live out the truth. Jesus is our King! Repent of wanting another king.

Wherever you are in your life right now rejoice with gratitude that Jesus is your king. Many of your struggles come because of your unhappiness with the rule of Christ. Submit to him with joy just as Jesus did to his Father.

Your King is worthy of your trust and your life!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.