In every age, in every nation, there has always been a man that the general population has followed, to a greater or lesser degree. Not all have given him their complete and undivided loyalty, for man is a self-centered being, but whether they are elected by the majority or set up by the previous administration, they are the individuals at the top, so to speak, and so they are determined to be the leader.
Laws are imposed by this individual that if not adhered to, will bring upon those who do not obey negative consequences. Granted, in most nations upon the earth today these leaders are placed into position by the general public, at least those that vote, but that has not always been the way, kings were the accepted norm, and though they may have had counselors advising them, their final word was law, it was not questioned. The born-again believer understands that there now and always has been only one King, the question is, do they follow Him as such.
All have been given free will, and so all have the choice to serve or not, we do not have to run and hide from the administrators of His wrath when we are displeasing Him, He will find us, hiding from your sins is a useless enterprise, “Be sure your sins will find you out.” (Numb. 32:23) But we will hide from those we call our brothers and sisters in Christ, those who are fellow ambassadors of the kingdom of God, we will not let our faults be known, we will not share our deepest burdens. Some may go to the King with them, but for the most part they will not, they may abhor them for a time, but when they see no immediate consequences for their actions, when the punishment is not swift in its approach, they begin to lose the fear of the Almighty. “The LORD is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
I can guarantee you that if we ever came to the realization of the truth that we are always in the presence of the King we would behave differently every moment of the day. The issue arises then, would we act differently because of the possibility of the adverse actions that would ensue, or out of love. There are many things I have done in my life that were great sins against Jesus Christ, and there are so many more I desire to accomplish, all of them grievous in His sight, I am a sinful man. But I am a saint, (Psalm 30:4) and because of my love for Him, and at times the knowledge of the punishment that errant children should expect when they go out of the way, I do not the things that I sometimes desire to do. “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 7:19)
I understand what Paul was saying, this life is supposed to be difficult, it is supposed to be filled at times with trials and tribulations, both in the physical and mental realm, else how would we know the wonders of Christ and the fellowship of His suffering? (Phil. 3:10) The world is full of people who say they believe in God, yet they do not tremble, (James 2:19) there are millions who say that they love Christ, yet they do not obey Him. Even a blind man when he is in the presence of the king will alter his demeanor, but does he act thus constantly. What makes any of us believe that we are going to be asked to serve in great capacity in the next life if we have not served Him well here?
The man of perdition is approaching, those who say they know Christ now but only profess Him with their lips, (Matt. 15:8) will be left behind, they will be sent a strong delusion, (2 Thess. 2:11) and they will serve the anti-Christ with much greater fervor than they ever thought to serve Jesus with. Our Lord is merciful and compassionate, He remembers that we are but dust, but He expects His servants to serve, not to take up residence in the place they are supposed to be on a mission trip to, not to fear any man or anything. We serve the one and only King, “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” (Prov. 8:15) We are not to be slack in our doings, we are to be available at all times, we serve at His pleasure.
The majority of us live in nations on this planet where we are free to openly serve Him, yet we fear to for the most petty of reasons, but those who live in dangerous nations, where His name alone can end your life, speak boldly of Him. “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men” (Prov. 25:6) You my friend are being watched, very closely, every deed, every thought, every word has been noticed, what you have to determine is this, does that strike great fear into your heart when you contemplate the day of your accounting, or great hope and joy.
The price is high to follow Jesus Christ, He requires all of everyone who calls Him King, He accepts no excuses, platitudes and good intentions go absolutely nowhere with Him, He demands actions. You are accountable for how you have behaved in the presence of the King. “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Matt. 7:16)