Imagine what it would be like to live in the days when all the countries had kings and queens to rule them. A king would be in charge of everything in his land. Good kings would keep their people safe and build things for them to use. They would be the rulers over a certain area or land. Kings would create and enforce the laws that would be the best for their people.

Everything that is found in that land would be under the king’s careful watch. Sometimes this would even mean that kings would have to battle in war with other kings to protect their kingdoms’ best interests. They would have to make some tough decisions.

When Jesus was walking on the earth, He had a lot to say about God’s kingdom. He told us that it wasn’t a kingdom like all the other ones on the earth. He wasn’t a king who was coming to take over with a big army. He didn’t come to build huge castles with lots of guards and court performers. He didn’t just want to pass laws and enforce them.

God wanted to be the king of every area of our lives, including the ones we can’t see or touch. In Matthew 6:33 nkjv, Jesus says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

That means we need to put God’s kingdom above everything else in our lives. Sometimes we allow our dreams, our fears, our hopes, our shortcomings, our mistakes, and even our strengths to be put before God in our lives, but He wants to be the number-one Ruler. When we put Him first, the rest of the things will be taken care of in time. He wants us to turn over to Him the good and the bad and let Him reign (which means to be the King) in our lives.

This devotional was written by:

Jason Martin

Jason and his wife, Rachel, live with their three awesome daughters in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he serves as children's pastor at River Valley Church. The oldest of nine children, Jason started serving in children's ministry at the young age of eleven. He has authored one kids’ devotional book, and he blogs about parenting, children’s ministry, and leadership at pastorjasonmartin.com.