Remember playing “king of the hill”?
After the snowplows cleared the school parking lot following a big snowstorm, they would leave behind a gigantic wall of snow probably 30-40 feet long and ten feet high. As a boy, I remember fighting my way to the top many times only to be thrown headlong from my pedestal within seconds by wicked usurpers to my throne. I would have their heads–if it weren’t for the fact that as soon as they threw me from the peak, I was no longer king. So, I would turn and fight my way back up dodging the plummeting bodies of newly deposed kings as I went. Kids would get hurt every time–and we loved it.
This mayhem is what I imagine going on within us when we allow money, or our homes, careers, sports teams, vacations, or our grown-up toys to become king in our hearts. Even the people we love do not belong on the throne.
“In the deep heart of the man was a shrine where none but God was worthy to come. Within him was God; without, a thousand gifts which God had showered upon him.” A.W. Tozer
There may be nothing wrong with these things or loved ones that we value so much but when we try to crown them king, it is high-treason of the heart. There is a place within us where only God belongs, and when we allow anything else to enter that place, it is nothing short of idol worship. Something is deeply wrong when we value our gifts more than the Giver.
As the creator of all hearts, only God is worthy to be King in any heart.