“It is He who shall build the temple of the Lord and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on His throne. And there shall be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.”

// Zechariah 6:13

The words of the Old Testament are a beautiful foreshadowing of what Christ later fulfills in His lifetime, for through His ultimate sacrifice on the cross, He tore the veil that once separated us from an intimate relationship with God. In this verse in Zechariah, the temple of the Lord that will be built is us, and in this temple is a throne.

We often try to fill this throne in our lives with what feels right in the moment — with different relationships, with substances that numb reality, or with personal success. We can easily negate Who actually belongs on that throne. When we try filling it with these temporal and selfish objects, it will always be like putting a square peg in a round hole.

The only One that can bear the "royal honor" of sitting rightfully on that throne is God. Only when we give Him reign can the void be truly filled. If we crown anything but Christ, we will see our lives fall apart every time. Only the creator of the universe in all its entirety has the power and right to fill the void and bear the weight of the world’s throne.

What we put on the throne in our world becomes our moral compass. When we have Christ in His rightful seat, we begin making choices with Him in mind. When we begin making decisions with Christ at the center, a peace comes into our lives because we are given God’s perception of the world through His Spirit who guides us.

God has given us the opportunity to walk in all the virtue, all the righteousness, that Christ did in His time on earth, and more. That “more” is the promised Greater Works of Christ, working His works through us, and our growing in Christlikeness is the pathway to seeing them [see John 14:12]. To live in His calling and to our fullest potential, all He asks is for us to decide to let go and let God— to put Him first and foremost, making Him paramount in our lives.

// Mike Akins