A Tale of Two Rulers 

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”
Mark 10:21 

One of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels is A Tale of Two Cities, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. We can paraphrase Dickens’ title to suggest one of the Bible’s underlying themes: a tale of two rulers.

The two rulers are the Lord Jesus Christ and human beings who are born choosing self-rule as a way of life. Some people submit to the lordship of Christ; others choose to rule their own lives. Scripture gives examples of both. One was a rich young ruler whom Christ called to follow Him, but who refused. Another was Saul of Tarsus who was rich in prestige as a young Pharisee. Paul submitted himself to the lordship of Christ; he considered everything else to be worthless compared to following the Lord (Philippians 3:7).

Who rules your life? Choose today to submit yourself to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Let your life be a tale of only one Ruler.

If Christ’s lordship does not disrupt our own lordship, then the reality of our conversion must be questioned. 
Charles Colson

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