Then you will not be alone, but Christ will be with you and will restore youwith love from the very heart of God. ______________ A key question is this: Is Christ only an occasional visitor to your heart, or isHe a reigning King? He passionately desires to reign as King in your heart.This is the key not only for restoring your relationship with God, but it is thekey to an overflowing life, a life of abundant love – a life filled with God’sstrength and peace. Even in the midst of challenges and difficulties that youmay face, Christ will be ruling in your heart, giving you inner strength and peace. But you must invite him in, and allow him to rule in your heart as theKing of Kings – not just one time, but as an ongoing and supernatural rule of peace. We are told, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
To paint a picture of this rule of Christ, your heart can be pictured as athrone. Something is always going to be ruling on the throne of your heart.It may be Christ, it may be self, it may be an idol. But something willalways be ruling on the throne of your heart.If Christ is not actively welcomed and allowed to reign as King in your heart, other things will begin to crowd in. Before long, something else will be ruling on the throne of your heart. It may be another person; it may bematerial things or some other substitute for God; or it may be self. ButChrist will no longer be on the throne.A major reason believers drift from God is that they get caught up inoutward things, or get distracted by cares or pleasures. They lose track of what is happening in their heart, and Christ is gradually replaced by other things at the center of their heart and life. Then the peace and love of Christis no longer ruling your heart, because Christ is no longer given first place.We are told, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23
). Coming back to God means opening your heart,and asking Christ to come in, to rule in your heart once again. And itincludes a commitment to continue to invite Christ in, to rule and reign inyour heart every day.