King of the World
August 16-22, 2020 – Milton Dalida
Since I was two years old I wanted to be a great tennis star. I had dreams of winning multiple Grand Slam tennis tournaments and being praised by my family and peers. I wanted to be King of the World in tennis. At a very young age I’ve won multiple tournaments. In fact, I defeated opponents much older than me. I was ranked very high locally, statewide, and nationally. But, there was always something missing.
Growing up I admired various celebrities and sports athletes. But, for some reason, with all the fortune and fame, they didn’t seem all that happy. Even when I was reaching the top of my game and winning all those tournaments, somehow I too felt a void. If the wealth, fortune, and fame weren’t satisfying all those stars and celebrities, let alone myself, what can fill that void?
When I stopped focusing on myself, my current success, and future ambitions of being great in the world, I started to focus on Jesus and what he did for you and for me. Matthew 6:33 says to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I thought to myself, “why settle for the things of this world when Jesus is giving us the wealth of heaven and eternal life to spend with him!”
Fame, fortune, and all materials come and go and don’t last forever. But Jesus’ love for you and me is eternal. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Why be the king of the world when we’re already heirs to the kingdom of God as his beloved children!
Bottom line, use the talents, gifts, and resources that God has bestowed upon you to lead others to the feet of Jesus. The greatest gift you’ve already received is that Jesus died on the cross to save you and me. The second greatest gift is when Jesus comes again to give us our reward (Revelation 22:12) and take us home to heaven and says, “Well done, good and faithful servant!…..Come and share your Master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:14-28)