“But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” (Matthew 6:33)
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” (Matthew 6:24)
“And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great (most important) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as you do yourself. These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
As Christians, the throne of our hearts is occupied by one of two people: ourselves or Jesus Christ. Isn’t it a given that Jesus is on the throne of our hearts when we accept His free gift of salvation? It is true that His Spirit comes to live in us and our names are written in the book of life. It is true that He is preparing a place for us when we die in heaven. What does a throne represent? It represents rule. The throne of our hearts is where every decision in our lives is made. We can accept Jesus as our Savior yet not give Him Lordship of our lives.
How can I tell if I’m on the throne or Jesus is on the throne of my heart? Ask yourself this question: do I think the world revolves around me and my needs and wants OR does my world revolve around Jesus Christ and His needs and wants? If you look at everything that is said or done in your life through a “me” filter, then you are on the throne of your heart and Jesus is not.
A good example is in the area of offenses. If someone does or says something that deeply hurts you, then you have two choices. You can take the offense immediately to Jesus who is on the throne of your heart and talk to Him about it and forgive and release them because that is what He wants us to do. OR you put that person in a mental prison of unforgiveness and leave them there while you fester and stew on the offense. The decision is made by the one who is on the throne of the heart. If Jesus is on the throne, you will forgive–if you are on the throne you won’t forgive.
Another good example is in the area of finances. If Jesus is on the throne, you will give Him the first tenth of everything you get in plus an offering. But more than that, if He is on the throne, you won’t spend money unwisely without asking Him what He wants done with the money.
This is that intimate relationship that I’ve been talking about for over two years. When we pursue Him in the intimate relationship, it is inevitable that He will occupy the throne of our hearts. Who is on the throne of your heart? You or Jesus?
Don’t know Him? You can today!