PrayerConnect for November 11, 2016

Me, One King, and We, Three Kings

“…These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also… saying that there is another king, one Jesus” (Acts 17:6-7).
King? When the word “King” is mentioned, what comes foremost to mind?
To some historians the word “King” may mean the most famous, “King Alexander the Great.”
To some lions the word “King” may mean in the animal kingdom, “King of the Jungle.”
To some furniture retailers the word “King” may mean the comforts of rest, “King-sized Bed.”
To some Bible scholars the word “King” may mean royalty in the lineage of Christ, “King David.”
To some musicians the word “King” may mean three bearing gifts as sung, “We, Three Kings…”
But, to us, the word “King” should mean first in our minds, the Lord may say, “Me, One King!”
Of all of these “Kings,” Jesus is the “KING of Kings.”The “three” Kings even worshipped the “One” King. We sing the Christmas song, “We three kings of orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar…” Some theologians believe that the three kings (wise men) were actually magi enmeshed with magic, who came bearing gifts to Jesus shortly after His birth. (Matthew 2:1-12)  Many today celebrate Christmas commemorating the birth of Christ, and exchanging gifts.
In the context of Christmas, I have heard the expression, “Jesus is a Gift to us.” Sure, He is, but it’s not about us, it’s about Him! It’s not just what He does for us and gives us, but it’s about what we do for Him and what we give Him. This is even more important than what we do for others and what we give them, including gifts.  Even in the political arena, John F. Kennedy, former U.S. President, had some knowledge of this perspective when he quoted “…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Spiritually-speaking, you can help turn the world upside down!
Take off the packaging from this world. Unwrap yourself, and give yourself as a brand-new gift to God!  Not your old re-gifted self! But give God the best as you dedicate yourself wholly to Him and His divine purpose. Offer up the gift of yourself in a greater relationship with Him. Offer up the gift of prayer in a greater commitment to pray! Come as you are, and you will leave as you are not…another way...better! Isaiah 43:15 says, I am the LORD…your King!
Don’t give your time and devotion to the “magic” of Christmas, being caught up with commercialism…excessive spending and giving of gifts.  What is even greater than “giving the gifts” to Jesus, like the three Kings did, is actually “becoming the gift” to Jesus, the one King! Give yourself! Better than “Any King” or “Three Kings,” Jesus says is “Me, One King…and all I want for Christmas is YOU!”
Flo Shaw
International Coordinator
World Network of Prayer