Title: THE THRONE IN YOUR HEART
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,Colossians 1:16-19
Everything God created on the earth was meant to be external, for man’s use. They were created to be around him and prove useful in meeting his needs as he walks in the path of his pilgrimage on earth. But within him was placed a Throne, a sacred Shrine belonging to One only, God. That, as long as God sat and reigned upon that Throne, the said life was in order, directed and run by His Divine power, but the flesh of man, via the Adamic fall, swapped this order.
God became the external and the “things required for life and enjoyment” became the internal occupants. This swapping upset the order of our internal environment and in turn revealed itself in the disorder of our external environment. The decadence, wars and chaos of our world today is a direct reflection of the upsetting of man’s inner environment.
The effect of this internal disorder is the unrest and chaos caused by the absence of the central supremacy of God in “all things”. “That in all things HE MIGHT HAVE PREEMINENCE”, our text reads. So, all the “things and goods of life” existing in our desires scamper here and there, struggling for dominion within, seeking who would sit on that Throne. But no one is worthy to sit on that Throne except the One who put it there in the first place and for Whom it was made, Him alone.
So you see a man drowning himself with outings, partying, work or career, drunkenness, family, or whatever he feels or thinks will bring some relief or help him find some peace or rest for his soul. He doesn’t realize that these are just temporary solutions to an internal issue. But, although some might know this, yet they are “afraid” to “allow” God reorganize the order again, where He sits within man and rids man’s heart of attachment to things or people or self. They justify this fear and attachment with the excuse that it is God’s will for us to have the good things of this life.
But check the sermon of our Lord in Matthew 5. The blessedness of abundance in the Kingdom is in our passion for the Kingdom. The blessedness of our satisfaction with everything in the Kingdom is in our having nothing but solely depending on God for everything. The blessedness of having everything is in “possessing” nothing. For when we have been rid of attachments to the cares of this world, then we are ready to walk with our Lord and enter His abundance. Then we have come to the place where He can ask for our Isaac and we would sacrifice it on our altars without contention. Then and only then are we truly free. For in possessing this world, we become a slave to it. This is because the joy of gaining is the responsibility of keeping. Striving to buy a car is coming under the weight of fueling and maintaining it, unless you want to turn it into an antique.
In the sacrifice of our desires upon the altar of our commitment to our Lord is the security of everything we call life. For what we try to save we lose and what we lose for his sake, we gain even much more. It is not His desire to take from you what’s good but to add to it. But first, He must clear all space until He fills all in all. To know that all we need centers about Him, to know that all focus is on Him, to know that satisfaction is derived from Him, this is what God wants. For then we live by faith, trusting Him for the very breath we breathe and not moved by whatever it is we have or don’t have. We find our greatest satisfaction knowing we have Him where He is most needed, our hearts.
Make a change today. Not a change of clothes but of heart occupancy. Let your grip of things in your life be severed as you lay them before the Throne of your Lord. Nothing is truly safe without commitment into His hands. Follow God and trust Him to secure your life, family, the right friends, spouse, home, etc. For if it isn’t found in His hands, then it isn’t truly secured and we aren’t truly freed from them.
Can you ask the Lord today to reset the order of your life? To restructure your pursuit, desire and priorities until there is nothing in you but the Throne occupied by Him alone? Would you ask for Him to become the Silver, the Gold, the Knowledge, the Family, the Houses and the Cars you find your boasting and pursuits in?
Clear every crooked space in me, O Lord, and make room for your grace. In you I make my boasting, knowing I am complete only when you reign supreme in my heart. Take your place and rid me of my attachments to things. I choose to be whatever I will be simply upon the grounds of your Lordship, where there is no “me” or “mine”, “I” or “my” but Christ alone, in Jesus name, amen.
Bible References: Jeremiah 9:24, 1Cor. 1:31, 2Cor. 10:17, Matt. 11:28-30, Mark 8:34, 10:21, Matt. 5:3-6, Luke 12:32, Matt. 19:29, John 12:25, Luke 9:24, Rev. 4:11