Who's Really on the Throne?


When we forget who's on the throne, it can become easy to live a self-centered life.

Are you wearing a tiara? Are you sitting on a throne? Are you encouraging those around you to worship you? 

Probably not literally. I doubt that many of you are reading this blog from your royal throne room. But so often, we live in a way that screams, "it's all about me." The reality is, we're not the ones on the throne. 

Yesterday we looked at Revelation 4:1–11. This passage gives a powerful description of God our King. It's a passage that leaves no doubt what a mighty King we serve. I love the image of God that John presents in this Scripture. But I'm also drawn to his description of the elders and creatures that join God in the throne room. 

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, 
to receive glory and honor and power, 
for you created all things, 
and by your will they were created 
and have their being" (Revelation 4:6–11).

No one is drawing attention to themselves. No one is clamoring to put themselves on the throne. No one is grasping for God's crown. When faced with their powerful King, the beings described in this passage know that their position is that of worshiper, not the one being worshiped. You and I have the same position before our powerful King. 

This is an easy lesson to remember in the throne room, but it's difficult to live out in our everyday lives. Our tendency is to shift our focus away from God and toward ourselves. 

When we demand our way from others, when we claim our time and talents as our own and use them for our own gain, when we ignore God's truth because we'd rather not make a change, we forget how worthy our King is. When we live like it's "all about me," we distract ourselves and others from the truth that it's really all about Him.

This isn't a guilt trip. I spend plenty of time putting myself on the throne, too. But I know the dangers of living like we are the center of the universe. I don't want that for my life, and I don't want it for yours either. 

Together let's examine if we are living in a way that diminishes the power and glory of our King. In what areas are you living like you're the one on the throne? How can you shift your focus away from yourself and toward your King?    

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