James Douglas, fighting on behalf of Scotland, was surrounded by the enemy. With death imminent and certain he shouted out, "fight for the heart of the king!" For us as followers of Jesus, to respond to the call that He has on our lives also means to fight for the heart of our king, As Bob Pierce of World Vision states so beautifully, let our hearts break for the things that breaks the heart of God.
In Mark 11, Jesus enters Jerusalem on a colt and the crowds are around him are shouting Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Jesus accepts this role as a king, but as a different kind of king and a different kind of kingdom. Instead of power, he comes in humility. Instead of a royal crown, he has a crown of thorns. Instead of a horse and chariot, he comes on a colt symbolizing peace. Instead of triumph over war and enemies, his triumph is on the cross and in his resurrection. It is in this triumph that ultimately demonstrates the heart of our king. His heart is an incredible love, willing to take on the path of suffering, pain, shame, and injustice so that we could have freedom!
So for us to also fight for the heart of the king, Jesus asks us to take up our cross, to go the way of love, to love others in the same way that He loved us. It is an incredibly calling. It is a call that demands us to see others the way that Jesus sees them. It's a love that requires us to lay down our lives as there is no greater love than this.
Do we just see Jesus as a good man? Do we just see Jesus as someone that can help our marriage? Do we just see Jesus as a path to heaven? May we learn to see the heart of Jesus. May we learn to live in the way of love. May we learn to fight for the things that are the heart of our King.