1 Timothy 6:14-15 (ESV) 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords…
Last night as my family drove home from the church my youngest son (Simon) asked me what the word “sovereign” means. He added that the word appeared in a song that was sung at GSM. For me, such teachable moments are a blessing. However, I also love that my son did not want to sing a word in worship without knowing the meaning. A simple reminder that if head knowledge and heart knowledge don’t collide, we are not enjoying the fullness of worship! I did give him a good answer (of course) on the ride home, but in light of our current sermon series, I wanted to expound upon my answer. So, this devotional is for my Simon!
When the Bible uses the word “Sovereign” it is from the Greek word “dynastes” and it means, “ruler, master, or Lord.” The Apostle Paul used the title to glorify Jesus Christ. As he was writing to Timothy, he started closing his first letter with a doxology. What’s a doxology you ask? Good Question! A doxology is a “Christian hymn of praise;” it’s appropriate that Paul called Jesus the “only Sovereign” in a hymn of praise and should help you understand why you sang a worship song with the title. So, let’s quickly address a few things from verse 15:
First, Jesus is called “the blessed.” Blessed here is (makarios) and simply put means, “truly and fully happy;” we would best describe the word as contentment. (This means that we have enough, we are full, and don’t want more because we are happy and at peace.) This word blessed is awesome. Jesus used it in His Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3-12) to teach us how to live in this world. Furthermore, He used the word to define His followers who did not see Him upon the earth but are waiting for His return! If you think about it, we cannot be blessed (content) unless we love and live in relationship with Jesus who is “the blessed.” So, the ability to be blessed happens when we live with Him who alone is the blessed one. If we want to be truly content, we must follow Jesus, who is contentment!
Second, Christ is the ONLY Sovereign. No other person or false god receives our loyalty, adoration and/or worship; this is why Paul also declares that Jesus is “King of kings and Lord of lords.” The reason that Paul stresses loyalty is because our lives are meant to worship God; our words and actions are meant to reflect that Jesus is our King, our Sovereign! Paul understood that Jesus came, lived, died, rose again and returned to heaven. Therefore, our King is currently not physically upon the earth because he is at the right hand of the Heavenly Father. However, our King will return, He will appear at the proper time to welcome His people (Christians) into the fullness of His Kingdom and this Kingdom is not of this earth, it is far greater than that kiddo, it’s an eternal perfect Kingdom! Where we will spend eternity with our family and church family. I look forward to being there with God, you, your Papa and countless others.
So kiddo, what do we learn? Some powerful truths:
We are called to worship God alone! The words we use and the songs we sing are meant to express our love to God and declare Him before the world.
God alone deserves our loyalty. In our lives, we must be faithful and work hard at our Christian faith because it’s easy to give our loyalty to worldly things; also our King Jesus will return!
We will never truly be content until we give our lives completely over to Him who is contentment. If we want to truly be blessed, we need to learn from Him who is the true source of blessing; stuff may bring some happiness, but it will never provide contentment.
Never stop asking questions! Life is a pursuit; pursue the deeper truths about God, about love and about living for our Lord. God is not scared of your questions and you will find that the more you learn and understand about God, the more you will fall in love with Him and remain loyal through good and hard times. This is why we have to have head and heart knowledge!
Last, I love you, your brothers, and mother. Contentment for me has not been found in my bank account, home, cars and/or stuff. My joy, my peace comes first from my relationship with God through Jesus and second, from you being a tangible blessing from God, and third from the Christian family God has given us. I have no greater joy than sitting in church on a Sunday morning with you, your brothers, your mom and our Grace Church family and singing a doxology (a worship song) to our Only Sovereign (King and Lord).
I love you kiddo…