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The Missing King

By Don Loftis | 11.28.18

Michael O’Neill describes a painting by Adolph Menzel that is displayed in a Berlin art gallery.  Menzel intended the painting to depict the German king, Frederick, surrounded by his host of generals.  With painstaking care he painted all of the generals, leaving the perfect space to insert the king.  However, he died before he could complete the project.  As O’Neill said, “He left a painting–full of generals but no king.”

 

We all have those people in our lives who are a lot like generals.  It may be an overbearing boss or a demanding spouse.  It could be a creditor, a team member, or even a spiritual mentor.  They are always there with demands and seek immediate compliance.

 

Yet, for many folks, the problem is less about the presence of the generals as it is the absence of “the king.”  When Jesus, the king of kings, is absent from our lives we have no central focus, no foundational stability, and no glue to hold the pieces of life together.  Most of our anxiety, confusion, and frustration comes because there is no one in charge of all of our generals.

 

Of course, the void in our lives does not have to remain.  Jesus is available to take control in a positive and powerful way.  Jesus offers this appeal to the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:20: “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”  Neither Christ’s ability nor His availability are in question.  The problem is that many folks will not let Jesus into their lives to assume His rightful place in the center of the picture.

 


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