Reign with Jesus
“And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.’” (Revelation 5:9–10)
Wow! Redeemed to God by the blood of Christ, he has made us priests to serve him; we will reign on earth for him! Truly, as Job said, we have only seen the edges of God’s ways. How awesome he is—beyond words of human description. What a privilege that he allows us to worship him and to act on his behalf!
It is God who justifies us, not our works, not our behavior, not our giving, nor anything else. Jesus by himself purged our sins. Jesus washed away our sins with his blood. By his blood we are brought near to God. By his blood we are justified. By his blood, he purchased our eternal redemption. His blood is the only acceptable payment to God for our sin. By his blood, our souls have been atoned. Truly, we are a special people!
Our response should be for our desire to do good works in the power of the Holy Spirit, particularly works that facilitate the expansion of his kingdom in this world. We are in a race against time. We are God’s chosen instrument for reaching our own generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are destined to reign on earth with him! Now is the time to get to work. Give of your time, talent, and treasure and give some more!
In what ways are you being used by God to bring the message of eternal life to a lost and dying world?
to Jesus Christ’s saving work.
“Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’” (John 3:3)
“Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6)