I was recently challenged by something Pastor John Gray said in one of his sermons. It was only one sentence, but it was powerful:
“Everything in your life has a throne on it.”
Who are you putting on the throne in your life? It’s easy to say that God is on the throne, but what happens when you really break it down?
Who are you putting on the throne over your emotions? Is it the enemy, telling you that you are guilty or unworthy? Is it a friend or spouse, encouraging or discouraging you? Is it yourself, trusting in what you feel? Or is it God, reminding your emotions to respond to His truth?
Who are you putting on the throne over your worship? Who are you putting on the throne over your fears? Who are you putting on the throne over your relationships?
You might have God on the throne over your Sunday mornings, but is He also on the throne over your Friday nights?
Maybe there’s an area of your life that you are holding back from God. “Lord, I want you to take care of my fears and my addictions, but don’t worry, I can handle my marriage.” When we put anyone or anything other than God on the throne—over any part of our life—we run the risk of becoming the things Paul warned us about in 2 Timothy.
“For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control, brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness, although they have denied its power. – 2 Timothy 3:2-5
Take inventory of your thrones. Who have you placed in a position of leadership over the various pieces of your life? Are there any areas that you still need to relinquish to God?
There is only One who is all powerful, all glorious, and all loving. There is only One who is unchanging, unfailing, and unshakable. There is only One who is worthy of sitting on the throne.
“I, [only] I, am the Lord, And there is no Savior besides Me.” – Isaiah 43:11