In prior periods of warfare, the surrendering army’s commanding officer would symbolically hand over his sword to his conquering counterpart.
Each Christian’s salvation day— the moment in which they accepted Christ as his Savior—holds a similar function. A life is turned over to its rightful owner, our Creator Yahweh. Why is it then that we tend to conduct spiritual guerilla warfare to retake the throne of our lives?
The Pride Predicament
Like Satan, we lust for God’s throne. Even the saved are not immune to haughtiness, and just when the circumstances appear stable, we begin to believe that our spirit’s throne could be taken back if we can be “good enough.” As a result, we cease listening to God’s voice, campaign to put God in His place, and reinstate our own reasoning.
It’s a case involving a believer who thinks theological prowess replaces prayerfully seeking God’s will through the Spirit. Doctrinal knowledge was not intended to be a deterministic mechanism by which we permit ourselves to think we can reduce the almighty God to our own academic definitions and expectations.
Rather, sound doctrine should guide us to our living God who brought us to Him through His son and communicates His real-time movements to us by the Holy Spirit.
There are a few things that are pre-determined: salvation, eternal life, and the passing of this world. However, our life’s narrative gaps are not filled by theological acumen (though it points us in the right direction) but to the degree we seek the kingdom.
No More Coups
Salvation does not license a believer to presuppose that he can retake the throne of his life after a certain amount of reformation. Before salvation, we all were terrible despots in regards to ruling our own lives. Working as personal propaganda machines, we dismissed our flaws and failures as if they were products of mythological thought.
For us, self-rule of our lives meant standing upon the principles of self-preservation and formulating a philosophy that deemed us righteous no matter the context. In the pre-Christian days, each of us functioned as our own apologists, defending against any incursion by the truth—the truth that even as unfit self-rulers, we were still responsible for all of our failures.
If self-rule was inadequate then, why do we still return to it post-salvation? Killing the king means being crucified with Christ, for we are the kings that need to die. Jesus led a bloody coup on the cross where he did the bleeding so we could do the receiving of His grace.
Therefore, no more spiritual coups need planning, so don’t try to pull any fast ones on Jesus and think you can rule your own life again.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.-Galatians 2:20
Replace Your Throne with A Cross
Without exception, a believer is a new a new creation in Christ; on the other hand, we cannot confuse a new creation with a finished product. Having been accepted into the kingdom, we must strive daily to act as Christ’s sons and daughters instead of outsiders.
No fresh recruit in bootcamp gets his Green Beret handed to him on day one; instead, intructors test and discipline him until he earns his spot. Now, while no one earns salvation, a believer does work to live a life worthy of his calling. With this in mind, we should strive to receive instruction from our Heavenly Commander-in-Chief and carry His Son’s cross like any good soldier.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. -Philippians 1:27
Every man will die for his faith, even the atheist, for knowing their paltry self-despots, skeptics and philosophers axe the afterlife altogether so they don’t have to confront their own judgements. It’s a pity the atheist will die with a faith he was so verily unwilling to acknowledge.
Unfortunately, his greatest achievement is have the faith in this falsehood: that God is Dead. In a twinkling of an eye, the atheist will know the truth, yet it will not set him free. Amidst eternal torment, he will have no doubts about the majesty of faith in Christ alone, for his choice to self-rule will have eternally separated him from such a majesty.
Skepticism toward the Word and God’s eternal Truth is a tragedy that ought to be treated with ostensibly more than a furtive glance, because the only question that really matters in this world is, “Will you die with righteousness by faith or shall you perish faithfully reasoning you are a supremely fit dictator of your own life?”
May this statement be true for all believers:
“I am not the hero of my own story. Just study my dear diary, and one can find the pages of a Savior’s sacrifice detailed with the epitome of horror and death by a cross made gory.”
Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with exposed ears to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. The great pursuit of his life is to live by the words he writes—which is currently an ongoing project. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.