A heathen, is a person who does not believe in the Lord God, a non- believer. How we believers respond to heathens specifically kings, rulers or leaders in high places is very important because that person represents the head of that dominion be it a country, ministry or family. The leader rules, which means there are people under his or her rule, so if the head is bad, so goes the rest of the body equally if the head is good, the rest of the body follows suit. This is truth is typified in the anointing of Aaron the high priest of Israel.
It is like the precious oil [of consecration] poured on the head, Coming down on the beard, Even the beard of Aaron, Coming down upon the edge of his [priestly] robes [consecrating the whole body]. Psalm 113:2 (AMP)
This is so true that God made Jesus Christ the head of the church, aren’t we grateful that Christ Jesus is our head and not anybody else. So what happens when the king, ruler or leader is a heathen? Are we doomed? This topic matters a lot, that is why I believe it is important that we study it.
The first thing we have to understand once we believe in the finished work of Christ Jesus we are established as a king and priest unto God, our Heavenly Father.
To Him who [always] loves us and who [has once for all] freed us [or washed us] from our sins by His own blood (His sacrificial death)— and formed us into a kingdom [as His subjects], priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1.5-6(AMP)
A king implies he has a Kingdom which is derived from two words King and domain. This means he has authority and power over a domain. This domain is earth. When God created man, He gave them authority to rule the earth.
Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1;28 (AMP)
However man committed treason by believing what satan through the serpent said instead of believing in the word of God. This resulted in man giving up the authority that God gave him to subdue the earth. But it doesn’t end there, God loves us so much that He gave His only Son Christ Jesus to die for our sin, in accomplishing this, He won back the authority which Adam, gave away to the enemy and this is what He tells us:
Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you. Luke 10:19
This knowledge is to reassure you that you are a king with authority to rule, as long as you believe in the finished work of Christ Jesus. It doesn’t matter whether you are teacher, doctor or student you have authority and you are a king and a priest. So now how do you interact with heathens and much more, heathen kings? How do you become an excellent ambassador of Christ before them? There is an excellent example in the word of God from the story of King Solomon and the queen of Sheba.
When Jacob was asked by Pharaoh his age, instead of revealing his age, watch what he says, …The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. Few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, and they have not reached the years that my fathers lived during the days of their pilgrimage.
Jacob not only called his years a few compare to his life with his fathers before him, but he also went ahead to call the quality of his life, unpleasant. This is so sad, looking back at his life, all he could focus on was all the hard and tough times, he forgot about the grace of God in his life: how he was chosen by God over his brother Esau.
“Jacob I loved (chose, protected, blessed), but Esau I hated (held in disregard compared to Jacob).” (Romans 9:13 AMP)
Jacob forgot all the wonders God lavished him with, he forgot about the open heaven and angels descending up and down on a stairway. Jacob forgot that he actually saw the Lord, fought with Him lost and he was blessed to be Israel, the Founder of the great nation of Israel, from which the Messiah is born from. He forgot about how the Lord favored him while he worked for Laban, all the children the Lord blessed him with who later founded the twelve tribes of Israel and He forgot about how the Lord the restored his beloved son Joseph and positioned him in a position of power, Jacob forgot how the Lord rescued him for severe drought.
The Holy Spirit refers to him as Jacob in this instance. Israel fell short of the high calling of the Lord for his life which is, Israel; a prince unto God. He was before a heathen king, and this was an amazing opportunity to glorify the Lord. Instead of focusing on himself, this is how Israel should have responded, he should have focused on the Lord which would have resulted in him glorifying the Lord.
Since we have already established our position as kings and priest, we as kings should know how to behave before other natural kings, those of this world who are not believers of the finished work of Christ. King Solomon is a great example of how to host a heathen king.
Through, the wisdom God granted to him, King Solomon was the richest man in the world and up to today no one surpasses his wealth on earth. Through his skillful wisdom through artistic expression he attracted nobles from all over the world, among them being the Queen of Sheba. After questioning and examining king Solomon, this is what she had to say.
How blessed (fortunate, happy) are your men! How blessed are these your servants who stand continually before you, hearing your wisdom! Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you to set you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord loved Israel forever, He made you king to execute justice and righteousness. She gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great quantity of spices and precious stones. Never again did such an abundance of spices come in [to Israel] as that which the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon. 1 King 10:9-10 (AMP)
The visit ended with her, a heathen queen, a leader, blessing the name of the Lord. I think king Solomon was an excellent example of been an ambassador of the Lord, unlike Jacob who focused on his life, which resulted in not glorifying the Lord. There are numerous examples of great men and women of God who served, heathen kings and those kings, blessed the Lord, as a result of these people. They include Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah just to mention a few. They were excellent representatives of the Lord before these heathen rules and the Lord was glorified as a result of them.
The secret of glorifying the Lord before heathen kings or leaders or rather of been a good ambassador of Christ is simply putting your eyes on Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith.