Your King needs you!

Well, today was one of these days that was not great for me.I didn’t have the energy to get up until lunch time, went out and about but was glad to come home and rest again. However, I did feel the Lord was with me, that in the deepest sense everything is OK and there is no need to be unduly alarmed. Furthermore as I lay in bed in the early evening just resting, I felt the Lord speak to me. Verses from 2 Timothy came to mind. Paul is speaking to Timothy and he has to tell his son in the faith this: ‘Do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.” (2 Timothy Chapter 1 verse 8) That is actually an astonishing verse. Effectively Paul was telling Timothy that as he proclaimed that Jesus is Lord, the one who has conquered sin and death and hell on our behalf and is now seated at the right hand of God in the place of highest honour, he wasn’t to be embarrassed or find it awkward that one of the chief representatives of Jesus’ reign, namely Paul, was an ambassador in chains awaiting death. Can you get the idea? Ambassadors in chains are hardly a good advert that Jesus was the Christ on the throne of the universe, that He is indeed Lord!

In a world where learning and physical or military prowess seemed to count for a lot, someone in chains would be despised and certainly any philosophy or deity he stood for would be despised. So, Paul could have been seen as an embarrassment to the cause, a liability.  His condition could be used as an argument by the opponents of the Christian message to pour scorn upon the idea that Jesus once crucified was now “Lord.”

Sometimes, not often but sometimes, I have met people who are anything from mildly confused to red-faced embarrassed by the fact of my ill health. I have stood for the fact that healing is a sign that Jesus is Lord and His already here not yet fully here Kingdom is real, but I am not healed. It is no embarrassment at all to me because I really do believe that the Kingdom is already here but just as truly not fully here. Biblical faith is believing what the bible says rather than believing what we wished it would say. However to those who believe that in heaven there is no sickness  now therefore on earth there should be no sickness now, well I do sense the embarrassment they sometimes feel talking with me. I would have hoped rather the fact I am not healed, as yet, might make them question whether the argument no sickness in heaven now so no sickness on earth now is indeed true, but ideas are hard to budge especially when they have charismatic people behind them endorsing them.

I thought it was really sad a few years ago to see that one of the foremost proponents of “health and wealth” secretly had an operation on his knee. He didn’t want anyone to know about it. I am not accusing the man of being hypocritical. I don’t think he is and there is much about him I admire, but does what he did mean he was embarrassed or ashamed of himself or feared being a cause of embarrassment?

Dear blog readers, the fact that at the centre of our faith is the Son of God on a cross should make us aware that one of the central beliefs of Christianity is that we are called to go through things which allow the world to mock our claims for Christ and our faith in Him. “Where is this God of yours” is a taunt that will be thrown at every genuine believer sooner or later in the face of suffering or injustice of some sort that they are experiencing in life. I am sad though if you have experienced a similar taunt from your brothers and sisters in the Lord speaking with insensitivity to you.

So today, I praise God for those of you who are ill and have not been healed; I praise Him for those of you who know that your Heavenly Father provides and yet still find your bank account needs  month to month resuscitation, and needs it  just after the end of week one of the month; I praise God for those of you who believe God makes promises to believers and their children but have seen your children going completely off the rails: you are not an embarrassment to the Lord, He is not ashamed of you, nor am I if that is any small consolation. Please do not be ashamed or awkward or embarrassed about yourself. Thank you for putting the shame of the cross in the place of highest honour and for challenging a cheap understanding of the Lordship of Christ. You are my heroes! The Kingdom needs you. Your King needs you!

God bless


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6 comments on “Your King needs you!

  1. Maggie Lane says:

    Habakkuk 3:17-18
    Job 2:9-10
    Daniel 3:16-18
    2 Corinthians 12:7-9
    Thanks Kenny


  2. George Wilson says:

    I consider that some words from the book of Esther may be worth quoting here:

    Esther 4:14New Living Translation (NLT)

    If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

    When I was notified that I would have to go through radiotherapy for my brain tumour this was one of the Scripture verses that I gain comfort from!

    There are people God wants to reach where being the CHAPLAIN at the hospital is not enough.

    People who are going through the same treatment as they are, day in day out, Monday to Friday over a six week period, or whatever period it is!

    God needs people who are in reality walking in their shoes, sharing their fears, sharing their tears and uncertainties!

    One person opened up to me today that I know for certain would not have happened if I was on the outside looking in!

    Tears unbidden flowed from her eyes after I spoke one of my poems to her!

    This was after she told me about a time during her childhood!
    It was a God moment, isolated and almost as if out of the flow of time!

    God needed that to happen in that way at that time right in the area of the radiotherapy treatment area of the hospital!

    So, we can all respond to God’s directions for our lives whether ailing or 100% fighting fit!

    He still loves us, he still cares for us!

    However, God needs his children from all the levels of health to help him reach others in the myriad of health situations!

    And, yes it’s all a glorious mystery.

    But, it is God’s mystery!

    Let’s not try to overanalyse it and come up with a NEW theology!

    Be Blessed in God whether 100% or somewhere lower than that!

    It is all for the glory of God that these things occur!


  3. Kim Ennis says:

    Our King has me.
    As yet I have no sense of embarrassement. for there is nothing hidden that He
    has not seen nothing spoken that He has not heard.I think of Psalm 139.
    My probable embarrassment will come when I meet Him face to face and know to look in His eyes
    To allow Me to see how sorry I am.
    To receive fully all that I have denied to beleive and hoped to be true.
    To embrace the love of the Father ,Lord over all.
    Surrender.Belonging.Adoption complete.
    We have an awesome God .
    I would like to meet with Him today.
    I give thanks for this day To Him who knows what will be.
    I give thanks for others who are to get well soon.
    Up in the mountain down in the valley ,Jerusalem be our Home.
    God bless those who sow seeds unto a harvest.


  4. judithjamesdavies says:

    Love this Kenny. I was once confronted by a friend who is an unbeliever . She challenged my stand that “God takes care of me ” with ” well, he’s not done such a great job so far ” she said that because she looked at my years of suffering abuse. Good news is she is still open to hearing about the God who takes care of me and hopefully one day she’ll understand why I’m not ashamed of the gospel


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