Devotionals by Dr. Tony Evans

The King’s Servants

My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My Kingdom is not of this realm. - (John 18:36)

Too many believers today are trying to find fulfillment and significance through human means. They are trying to discover their destinies through man’s methods. However, man’s methods have never accomplished God’s goals. Jesus revealed that fully when He answered Pilate straightforwardly. Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My King- dom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My Kingdom is not of this realm” (John 18:36).

In essence, He said, “My method reflects My source.” As believers, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world. Similarly, a boat is made to be in the water but not of the water. If the boat begins to be of the water and starts taking on water inside of it, it will soon go down.

To be in the world and yet not of the world means that worldliness does not define your decisions, relationships, priorities, or even the cadence of how you flow. The King and His kingdom controls your methodology. You seek Him first.

Reflection: How important is it that a Christian be in the world? How can one be in the world but not of the world? Where is your own experience on “in, but not of ” out of balance?

Father, help me to let go of my own agenda and my own methods. Enable me to trust You in how things happen, and to trust that You have a way to accomplish Your will in my life. I give You thanks in advance for all You are doing in and through me.

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