Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Game of Thrones


I have been reading some medieval fiction lately, namely the "Game of Thrones" series by George R. R. Martin. Super writer, and I am enjoying the books immensely.  Palace intrigue, war plans, sailing ships, and even multiple spiritual camps.  One could read a lot of current events or modern human conditions from the story lines, yet I usually enjoy them just for their stories.

The premise of the series is a quote by a central character in the first book, "If you play the game of thrones, you win or you die."  I couldn't help but reflect on how accurate that quote is for the believer.  Not literally that we give up our physical lives, but surely a lack of abundance in life.  In salvation we are given an incredible gift; one which transcends what we can understand, yet day by day, hour by hour, we play the game of thrones with our hearts.  The oddity is, by accepting the gift, we have already won!  Yet, we continue to play the game and rob ourselves of the abundance of life in Christ.  Why must we strive to sit on the throne of our hearts?

For many years, I was part of a church tradition called the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  It was founded by an incredible man named A. B. Simpson.  The Alliance wraps it's core statement of belief around knowing Jesus as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.  I have always remembered the Alliance Distinctives and these four aspects of Jesus speak directly to our relationship with Him.  As I thought of these roles that Jesus plays for each of us, the Spirit took their meaning to a deeper level for me.

It was spoken into my spirit this way, "You think of me as your savior because I died for you.  You think of me as the one who cleanses you from your transgressions.  You think of me as your healer, be it body, mind or spirit.  But you rarely think of me as your King and you certainly don't treat Me like one."

I think it's time to focus on being a subject to our King.