Traitors to the Realm

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation (Romans 5).

While we were sinners” (verse 8), and now here in verse 10, “while we were enemies” — thus, to be a sinner is to be nothing less than God’s enemy.  Sin turns us all into rebels — rebels against the King and His entire Kingdom.

Why would anyone ever want to continue to be an enemy of an all-knowing God who sees all our battle strategies and fortifications; an enemy of an all-powerful God who cannot possibly be defeated; andan enemy of an all-present God from whom we cannot possibly hide nor retreat from?  To be saved is to have our eyes open to our dire situation as foolish combatants with an unbeatable, yet loving foe — who desires nothing but reconciliation with us.

Whenever I choose to sin, for that instant I don the enemy’s colors and turn traitor to the Realm, and traitor to Him who saved me.  In those moments I foolishly forget about the King and fool myself into thinking He doesn’t know, or see or care — and that I can set up a better kingdom than His.

Lord, keep us true to You This Day!  Let us not become traitors to Your glorious Realm!  And so, as we fight the good fight this day, keep us in Your love, wave Your beautiful colors clearly before us and stir within us a loyalty to the death!  Amen.