This is another post from 2013 before I actually had a website. I am adding this to my website in April 2020 and I am finding a lot of old posts that I believe will be great for populating my new website. I have updated some of the information in this older post. I also am adding a few more thoughts than I had in the original post. I do hope you enjoy this comparison of an every-day thing with my walk with Jesus.
When I moved back up to this area in 1995, I lived in a small community East of Dallas, Texas called Royce City. It was a very small community at the time. I just looked up the population stats from 1995 and all I can find is back to 2000. Here is what Wikipedia says… “In 2000, Royse City had a population of 2,957. In 2010, Royse City had a population of 9,349. This represents a growth rate of 216.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.” This small, quaint and quiet community seemed much smaller to me, but it is a farming community, or it was then and they are all spread out a bit. Nonetheless, I enjoyed living there for that short period of time. (Added 4-5-2020: Royse City is a city in Rockwall County in the U.S. state of Texas. It also extends into Collin and Hunt counties. The population was 2,957 at the 2000 census, rising to 9,349 in 2010. The estimated population in 2018 was 12,998).
My rented house was a small 2-bedroom frame house in a neighborhood of mostly older folks. Nice and quiet. I remember one day when I was home on the weekend and the weather was a bit cool, the sun was shining and the birds were singing, I had the windows open and I was cleaning my little abode. I had my Praise and Worship music playing quite loud and I was just singing to the top of my lungs! I love Praise and Worship music… lol. Anyway, I heard a knock on my door and I could see, standing at the door, a young man and young woman with a Bible in their hands. I gladly welcomed them in and they began to tell me that they were with a small community church there in Royce City and how they were combing the neighborhood inviting folks to an upcoming event at the church. They mentioned how great it was to hear me singing away and they loved the music I was playing. Then they began to explain that their church was without a Worship Pastor and had been for a while. Then they asked me a question that took me by surprise. They asked if I would be interested in being their Worship Pastor. Oh My Goodness… I literally almost fell over! I was simply cleaning house and singing along with my stereo. I almost laughed at them, but they were quite serious! I gracefully declined and thanked them for the compliment. I may have loved to sing with my stereo and even in a choir at church but to be asked to be their Worship Pastor? WOW…. That was a shock. It was not the time nor would it ever be. I had no formal education for that although I do love to sing, but to be a Worship Pastor? No.
When Jesus walked on the face of the earth, people wanted Him to be something that He wasn’t ready for either. Although, unlike me, He was well equipped to be anything He wanted to be, He was not ready to be King! Timing is everything and in Jesus’ case it was absolutely critical. I am so glad he wasn’t sent to be an “earthly king” but one that will be a King that reigns eternally in His Kingdom!
This week before Easter is called “Holy Week”. It is the week of Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday. Jesus spent this last week with His disciples teaching them some valuable things that they really wouldn’t understand until after he was resurrected on the 3rd day. One week of sharing His final thoughts and goodbyes and telling His disciples “I Love You,” one final time. As my daily devotional – Our Daily Bread – said this morning, “Scripture tells us that Jesus was greatly misunderstood. On a day foretold by the prophet Zechariah (9:9), Jesus entered Jerusalem and the crowd waved branches, shouting, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). Quoting Psalm 118:26, they cried: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The crowd wanted to make Him an earthly king. Jesus was not ready to be a king. Although He was and is The King of Heaven it was just not the same as what the people wanted at that time. It just wasn’t time yet. One day, however, we will see Him return on the clouds and take us home. Oh what a day that will be.
Even though Jesus is not an earthly king, He is my King in my heart! I am so very grateful for what Jesus did for me. He would have done it if I was the only one left on earth, too! He loves me so much! And folks, I love you so much! I appreciate you allowing me to enter your homes every day and ramble on with my stories! I thank God for you!
One more thing… He loves you so much, too! After all, He calls you His beloved.
The link will take you to a wonderful little video where the gals are singing what a glorious day it will be when Jesus takes us by the hand. What A Day It Will Be – Southern Raised
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13