In our message this week, Jason gave us a series of “keys” to victory over the flesh (our old nature). And his very first key urged us to establish a king over our hearts. He was affirming that Jesus must not only be our Savior, but we must enthrone Him as our King as well.
We don’t do kings in our country. But they do fascinate me. As a king or queen goes through the investiture process, they might get anointed with oil, crowned with a priceless bejeweled crown, given all kinds of regalia (like a scepter or a special robe), and the subjects will display their homage with bows and curtsies.
Having lived in England for several years, I am especially interested in the British monarchy. One of my favorite places to visit is Westminster Abbey where the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, was enthroned in November, 1952.
As part of the ceremony, the Queen was required to take the Coronation Oath. She was asked if she would solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom according to their respective laws and customs. She responded, “I solemnly promise so to do.”
And then she was asked an interesting question that speaks to our message this week. The Archbishop of Canterbury asked (in part), “Will you, to the utmost of your power, maintain the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?” And she said, “I will.”
Wow. If we are called to make sure Christ is enthroned upon our hearts, maybe we should have a kind of coronation ceremony for each believer. It would be a time for a public declaration of allegiance. It would allow the believer to assert their loyalty to the Lord and His work.
But wait. We already have such a ceremony. We call it baptism. We might not ask, “Will you to the utmost power maintain the laws of God and the true profession of faith?” But we do give each boy, girl, man, or woman a chance to publicly put Christ on the throne.
Such a moment of clarity helps us put the flesh “to death” and put our old nature on notice that we will seek to keep Christ on the throne of our hearts.
If by chance you haven’t been baptized and taken the opportunity to publicly crown the Lord Jesus in your life, I have great news. Our church baptizes folks every month. Please feel free to contact Pastor Adam (949-362-0079 or email@example.com) to get yourself ready for a “coronation.”
We all need to establish a King in our lives and work to keep Him on that throne. As the old hymn says, “Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon the throne. Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own. Awake my soul and sing, of Him who died for thee and hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.”