Meet my new chair. It seemed only fitting since I’ve been doing a little throne room inventory here lately. Everyone has a throne, not actual thrones, but the metaphoric type. What’s most important to us is what’s on the throne. The sweet Lord knows I’ve been accustomed to toss all sorts of wild and unfitting things up onto mine.
If you’ll remember, I walked through a few common ways that we can wrongly approach Jesus in my last post. I left off asking, what it looks like to view him, approach him and kneel before him as the Lord and messiah, not some cosmic vending machine. First step, we need to do a little throne room inventory to get Jesus on the throne and get everything else out of there.
Now let it be known, I am no expert, nor do I have this all figured out. I’m just a twenty-something in the process of figuring out what it looks like to kneel before the King one day at a time, one step at a time and one laugh at a time. And I’m inviting along whomever wants to join the journey.
Here are the questions for this week:
How do you respond to Jesus?
What is on the throne in your life?
You know who he is, you know what he’s done, so what now?
Assuming that you haven’t rejected him altogether, you’ve likely (if you’re anything like me) responded to Jesus by approaching him as one of the three makeshifts I mentioned last week: vending machine, medicine cabinet, and holy hobby. The common denominator in those three approaches is that I’m, you’re, we’re still in control. Think about it: with vending machine Jesus, I do what I’m supposed to and God gives me what I want, like punching a ticket and getting paid. Medicine cabinet, I approach him as needed until I ‘feel better’. Holy hobby, just pencil him into my weekly schedule in between work and play. In each of these instances, though some more convincing than others, I’m very much so still in control of my life. And therein lies the issue: control.
Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, ‘That’s so not me. I am not a control freak.” Without hurling any accusations, let’s do a quick self-check:
What or who is in control of your life? What or whom are you living for?
Once you’ve got your list, imagine this scenario… Let’s say I get to watch a week in your life from bird’s eye view. I have full access to your thoughts, how you spend your time, how you spend your money, what gets you happy, sad, disappointed etc. Now, based off my observations, would my guess at what you’re living for line up with what you say you’re living for?
Your answers to those questions will likely tell you what the lord(s) of your life are. And it’s very likely that ‘you’ may be the culprit, sister! Here’s the deal, there’s only one Lord. Jesus isn’t going to share the throne with anything or anyone else… that includes me and you.
Look at the disciples’ response when Jesus first called them:
“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20
Please note that Peter and Andrew didn’t know who Jesus was much less where he was going. But what was their response? They dropped their nets (i.e. their jobs, security, lifestyles, personal agendas, aspirations) immediately and followed him.
These were average guys—I’m sure they had friends and dreams and aspirations and all that other good stuff. But they were willing to let it all go in order to follow this Jesus. They did not even know what was in store for them! Yet they followed him anyway. The sad thing is that we do know what happened, we’ve read how the story pans out, and Jesus has proven himself trustworthy time and time again. But we still, I still, won’t drop the dang nets. May this week be one of net identification and release. Not sure, but I’m pretty sure my response to this Jesus and his gospel is going to require some serious throne room rearranging, know what I mean?
What an example! The disciples’ response is what I believe it looks to kneel before Jesus as the messiah and Lord. I don’t know where exactly He’s going or what he’s got in store, but I’ll let go of what know to follow him wherever he may lead, and we’ll figure it out one day at a time, one step at a time.
Here’s to laughin’,