There Is Only One King
“So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.” 1 Samuel 8: 4-9
So Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking for a king. Samuel then basically said that the king they desired would take advantage of them, using up their sons and daughters, taking a tenth (a tithe) of their crops and flocks, and eventually making all of them slaves to the king. 1 Samuel 8: 10-17 (My paraphrase)
“When that day comes , you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the Lord will not answer you in that day.” But the people refused to listen to Samuel. ”No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.” When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” 1 Samuel 8: 18-22
Any of this sound at all familiar? Because I sure see a modern parallel in the “church” today. The Lord has always wanted to be the one true King and Leader of His children/church, but most of the time He is rejected and instead the church wants a human King/Leader/Pope or Pastor. I see this happen all the time, even in relational housechurches that are supposed to be about the Priesthood of all believers under only Jesus the King of Kings. I believe that most people give in to “needing” a human leader because they get tired of the responsibility of hearing God for themselves. Being a Spirit led follower of Jesus is not an easy task. It takes discipline and a continual surrender and death to self. It takes trading our ways for HIS way. However, when the rubber hits the road many times we would rather have someone tell us the right thing to do, instead of trusting the voice of The Spirit to lead us in ALL things.
People want or think they need a Pastor because they want to be like all the other Pastor led Christians out there. They want the so called safety net of being under a human leader because they doubt their own ability to hear God for themselves. Who hasn’t been there? It is understandable to want to be like all the other “regular” church goers out there, instead of being an outcast Jesus freak. Problem is that God Himself has called all of us to be under only HIS rule and authority. HE has made it abundantly clear that HE wants to be our ONLY Leader/King/Shepherd and HE has warned us to avoid being UNDER a human Pastor/Leader/King. To serve a human Pastor is to reject Jesus as The Good Shepherd and King of our hearts. Will God allow us to follow others instead of Him? Sure, because He is not a dictator and He has given us the great gift of free will. However, what will following someone other than Him cost us? Only our sons, daughters, crops, livestock, ten percent of our money and our freedom. To follow and serve someone other than Jesus will cost us everything in this life. To me following someone other than Jesus is to become a slave to Babylon and its programs and systems.
Strong words? They certainly are, but are they true? I have spoken my peace and I refuse to judge others for the choices they make in these matters, but I will warn them. My final word on this: Follow only Jesus !
Kirk Out !