what sits on the throne of your heart?

by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, NIV)

Who or what sits on the throne of your heart? This might take a few moments to ponder, but it’s time and energy well spent. Someone, or something, sits there…is it Christ?
Jesus said that a kingdom and a house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:24-25). He was specifically speaking about accusations that he was working for the devil, which gave him the power he had over the demonic forces. His point was about spiritual loyalty — either you’re loyal to God or you’re loyal to his adversary…you can’t be both. Looking at this in the context of today’s verse, if Jesus sits on the throne of your heart, then you belong to him. When you belong to him, you also belong to his body, and are called to peace. 
We need a little peace right now, don’t we? Peace in our outer world and peace in our inner world. The true peace that lasts is the inner peace that only Jesus can give; in fact, Jesus said the world can’t bring peace like he can (John 14:27). So give yourself to him so he can give you the peace you need. Allow those lesser gods that we coronate in idolatry to be de-throned so Jesus can sit powerfully at the top of our lives. When you do, then he will bring you the peace and unity — both with him and others — that you desperately seek. 
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the power you have over the world, both outside and inside my life. I’m sorry I allow myself to be given over to idolatry and coronate lesser gods to sit on the throne of my heart. I want you and your peace to rule in my life, and give you all I am and have. I praise you in Jesus holy name. Amen.