Captivated by the King
[Editor’s Note: Do we understand the glory of a king? In an excerpt from her book, The King and I, Nancy Wilson encourages us to remain captivated by the awe and wonder of our King.]
“The King is coming,” they announced, “His Majesty, the King of Togo is coming to this hotel!”
I was in Miami, Florida, with a high school mission trip to the inner city, when we suddenly heard the news. A king was coming! Although many people had never heard of Togo, the tiny West African country, they scurried around getting ready for its king. Preparations were being made quickly, floors scoured and buffed to a shine. There was a flurry of activity to present the perfect environment for the king.
And it was worth it when he came. With his entourage of people and his African robes, he was enchanting. He was even a Christian, and shared his story with our group. He had the true heart of a leader – strong, compassionate and bold.
But my thoughts soon drifted to our own King, the King of the Universe. Are we enchanted with Jesus? We go to him with requests when we want something. We offer a passing “thanks” when things go well, but are we captivated by him? Have we lost our sense of wonder and reverent awe for our awesome and intimate King?
When I was a college freshman, I had built my own kingdom. I sought relationships that I thought would give me love. I sought rewards that I thought would give me significance. I even sought religion, because I thought it would give me righteousness. In my kingdom, I was the center of my world, and my image was built on earthly satisfaction and success.
But deep down, I knew I was only in captivity to my own desires. My heart longed for more.
On the outside, I presented a perfect image. Inside, my world was crumbling. My life spiraled out of control through a secretive eating disorder. One Sunday, I was in church with a hangover, and I cried out to God in desperation, “Please show me how to know You. I need help!”
Later when I heard the simple powerful Gospel message, it was like receiving an amazing and indescribable gift that I did not deserve. I was literally transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God, and I have come to realize that the heart of our Savior is to “seek and save the lost.”
When we understand that Christ is not a fallible earthly king, it becomes much easier to trust him with our lives.
Revelation 4:2-8 describes the image of Christ’s throne:
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.
They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
The more I spend time with Christ, the more amazed I become at his love that never ends. I am no longer held captive by my own desires. Knowing Jesus, the most magnificent, glorious King, captivates me in the best way. I am continually in awe at the new discoveries I make about his indescribable beauty and greatness.
To be captivated by the King is to have eyes for him alone. To desire his pleasure, his favor and his will more than anything the world has to offer. In that adoring gaze, a transformation occurs. Our life begins to be about our King instead of about ourselves. It’s been an exciting journey for me since my days in college, and I pray that this will be the beginning or renewing of an amazing journey for you.
About the Author: Nancy Wilson
With over 30 years of ministry experience, Nancy Wilson is a dynamic speaker and author who combines a zest for life and people. She now serves as Global Ambassador for Cru and Spokesperson for StoryRunners, a mission to reach 70 percent of the world’s population who are oral learners. Nancy has written several books, which are available on her website.