A King’s Vision
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,…” -Ephesians 1:17-18 ESV
A King must have an unshakable vision of where he’s been, where he is now, and where he’s going. Jesus, our King of Kings, demonstrates this vision through the whole gospel narrative. Jesus knows exactly where He has been, and tells us so when he says “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is [the Scriptures] that bear witness about me,” (John 5:39) All of the Old Testament has been leading to the ministry of Jesus, and of course Jesus knows this because He was there from the beginning (John 1:1). Throughout His entire time on Earth Jesus was never in a hurry, not once. He was exactly where He wanted to be in the present moment. Jesus also knew exactly where his path lay, and we see Him predict His betrayal and death on several occasions (Mark 8:31-33, Mark 9:30-32, Matthew 16:21-28, Matthew 17:22-23).
For us to have vision like our king of kings we must know where we have been (an enemy of God and dead in our sin; Romans 5:10), where we are now (saved by grace through faith in Christ; Ephesians 2:8), and where we are going (reunion with God in a new Heaven and Earth, and eternal fellowship with Christ; Revelation 21). We need the eyes of our hearts enlightened to focus on the things of God and not on the things of this world. It is only with this perspective that we can reign over our kingdoms while still being under the reign of Christ. This is incredibly apparent to me when I become selfish and demanding in my marriage. Without God dead center in my vision, I find myself seeking after things like more sex, less work, and it ultimately becomes about my own satisfaction and comfort. My kingdom exists for me to serve, not for my kingdom to serve me. I know this because this was Christ’s example to us – the greatest King in the form of a humble servant and minister to God’s people.
Daily Battle Plan:
Take time today to practice seeing your kingdom through God’s vision and not your own. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the eyes of your heart so that you can see as God sees. Visualize every action you take from the perspective of where you were, where you are now, and where you’re going and God will lead you in paths of righteousness.