Reigning in Life
“For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:17
What does it mean to reign in life? The word ‘reign’ means: To exercise the highest influence, to control, to be king, to exercise kingly power.
In the beginning, dominion was given to mankind (Gen. 1:26-28; Ps. 8:4-6, 115:16). Man’s purpose on this earth is dominion. We were created to be an expression of God’s benevolent leadership on the earth.
If we are going to reign with Him for eternity, we need to start reigning now over ourselves. God’s love for us and provision (grace) for us will do us little good if we do not seize the opportunity to learn how to exercise influence.
We all have influence.
How are we using it? How are we influencing our spouse, our children, our workplace and our friends? Are we reigning over our emotions, our body language, our thoughts, words and actions? The opposite would be that we are allowing our flesh and emotions to reign over us.
Leadership and influence begin with us. If we can’t control our minds, who can? We alone have the authority to reign over our thoughts. Paul says that we are to take every thought captive (2 Cor. 10:5). What about our hearts, the center of our beings?
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” —Proverbs 4:23
What about our emotions, reactions and attitudes?
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” —Proverbs 25:28
Reigning in life begins with us. The more we learn to walk in love, peace, joy and faith, the greater our influence will be to those around us. We have the Spirit of Christ within so there is no lack of potential.