“Reign”

Did you pretend to be a king or queen when you were a small child? Most kids go through this fantasy. Of course, once a monarch, they expected their servants to quickly fulfill their every whim. Everyone in their kingdom had to respect and obey their commands or else. Their only obligation was to make laws and live in luxury.

When one asks Christians what they expect after death, one supposes that a huge majority would respond, “An eternity with the Godhead free of the trials and pain of this life.” (Rev 21:3-4) That’s a good answer, but evidently we will also get to reign with Jesus! There are, however, some conditions. “…If we endure, we will also reign with Him…” (2 Tim 2:12) “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over nations.” (Rev 2:26) If we do not let sin reign in our mortal bodies (Rom 6:12) then the promise is (to God’s servants) that they will reign for ever and ever (Rev 22:5).
I’m not sure what it would involve but the Apostle Paul says that the saints (all Christians) will judge the world… (1 Cor 6:2)

This is certainly a far cry from our childhood fantasy of ruling and reigning. We would still be God’s servants (Rev 22:3-5) and as Jesus patiently explained to his apostles, to be great and satisfy his command, one would have to be servant of others (Mt 20:26-27). In many scriptures (Eph 4:2) (Jas 4:10) (1 Pe 5:6) he stressed the need for a servant to be humble.

It seems impossible for most humble Christians to imagine reigning with Christ, the Creator of the universe (Col 1:15-17). This is probably because we remember all too well our sinful past. However, as Max Lucado puts it, “Heaven has no rear view mirrors.” We can be preparing for this glorious future now by, “…set(ting) your heart on things above…” (Col 3:1-2) and by “…fix(ing) your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb 12:2) (Tit 2:11-13) If we still feel unqualified, read again the promises in the New Testament to Jesus’ followers. We are his friends and fellow-heirs and will have all eternity to learn on the job.

—Jim Bailey