Monday, January 09, 2012

Dominion

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
 9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
 10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
 11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 

Dominion

Dominion is not a word that we see very often, so just what does it mean? One dictionary defines it this way: the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority. Psalm 72 rightly proclaims,
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
This verse was rather significant, as the common thought during the time of David was that each nation had its own god. Therefore, when one nation conquered another nation, it was believed that their god was establishing his superiority over the gods of the defeated nation. Considering that, the psalmist is making quite an assertion. There is only one God, and He has dominion over all the earth, not only from sea to sea, but even unto the ends of the earth.

Then, as if there was any doubt as to the psalmist's meaning, he again asserts in verse 11:
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
We have seen a partial fulfillment of this prophecy in our day, for the worship of God is not confined to the nation of Israel, but rather God is, indeed, worshiped from sea to sea and even unto the ends of the earth. However, it is also true that, in our day, not every nation, as a nation, worships God. Will that ever happen?

Yes! Every prophecy of God will happen just as He has ordained it to be written in the Bible. There is a lot of disagreement as to how and when that will occur, but make no mistake, a day will come when all nations will bow before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The question we must each ask ourselves, as children of God, is, "What am I doing for the Lord to help spread His Word from sea to sea and even unto the ends of the earth?" We are living in a time when the fields are ripe and ready to harvest. 

As Christians, God grants us many avenues to aid in the spread of the Gospel of Christ. We can serve as full time missionaries and pastors, and we can pray for those who serve Christ in full time capacities, but are those the only avenues of serving Christ and spreading His Gospel. If we believe that, we are really missing the point.

Praise God for those who have been called to spend their lives in a full time capacity, but they are not the only ones being called! Every single Christian has been called of God to spread the Gospel. To aid in that mission, God has placed Christians in many diverse occupations throughout the whole world. Most of us will find ourselves surrounded by those whose only Bible reading done is that which they see in our lives as we faithfully serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, many Christians have become so like the world in their words and actions that Christ's Light shines very dimly, if at all, to the unsaved in their lives. Let us, by the grace of God, reclaim God's dominion in our own lives and boldly live for His honor and glory, praying that the world will no longer shape us in its image, but rather that the image of Christ may be seen in our lives.

I close with the words of this great hymn.

Christ shall have dominion
Over land and sea,
Earth's remotest regions
Shall his empire be;
They that wilds inhabit
Shall their worship bring,
Kings shall render tribute,
Nations serve our King.

Christ shall have domionion
Over land and sea,
Earth's remotest regions
Shall his empire be.

God Bless You,
Linda





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