Who’s on the Throne, Mama? Instructions for Living #3

Jesus with little children

Children are refreshingly real, aren’t they? They’re insightful, curious and sometimes brutally honest. According to Desmond Tutu, “Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.”

In Psalm 119:9-16, the Psalmist presents a teaching moment for young people, as well as adults. It’s question and answer time:

Question: “How can a young man keep his way pure?

Answer: “By living according to (God’s) Word.”

Question: “How do we do this?”

Answer: “Hide God’s Word in your heart so that you might not sin against Him.”

Today’s principle for godly living is this: Learn to deal consistently with sin in your life.

singing girl

This reminds me of a story. It’s about a child, her heart, and a lesson on how to deal with sin.

Our Lisa was born with a mind of her own. When she was little, she loved to sing I have decided to follow Jesus. Naturally, her older sisters became the soul patrol on her behalf. When she sang her song, they would ask, “Lisa, have you decided to invite Jesus into your heart?”

She didn’t miss a beat. With utmost confidence, she would respond, “No. But when I do, He’ll come in.”

Can you tell her faith was already growing in her heart? Not long after that, she informed her Dad she was ready. He took her for a walk and drilled her as if she were an adult. He wanted to make sure she understood about sin and what Jesus did for her on the cross.

That day, Lisa made the decision to follow Jesus. The next day, our sweet little girl was so bad I thought perhaps her conversion wasn’t real. And then, I realized what it was. She needed a lesson in how to deal with sin. And fast!

We talked about God’s Word and what it says about clean hearts. “It’s like God has a bar of soap,” I said. “When you do something bad or act ugly, your heart gets dirty. If you pray and ask Him to, God will use His bar of soap to clean your heart.”

This was the beginning of Lisa’s education on how to live the godly life even though she knew she wasn’t God. Another lesson came when we introduced our girls to a concept that literally invaded our home.

We had been trained in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (now known as Cru). Learning about the ministry of the Holy Spirit had worked for us, so we decided to pass it on to our kids. (For a full explanation, see http://www.cru.org/spirit/)

Basically, we taught them our lives are either controlled by self or by God. When self is on the throne, there will be discord and frustration. However, when Christ directs our lives, we’re able to live in harmony with God’s plan. We shared the importance of confessing our sins and trusting the Holy Spirit to live His life in and through us on a moment-by-moment basis.

Truth has a way of hitting its target, especially when it comes from a child. When I became irritable or out of sorts, Lisa was quick to respond. “Who’s on the throne, Mama?” Ouch!

At times, she would add, “Do you need to take a shower?”  I guess she thought I did business with God in the shower. And I’m sure there were times I did just that!

Insight and wisdom can come in small packages. No wonder Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17

Who’s on the throne, Mama?

woman on a throne

4 Responses to “Who’s on the Throne, Mama? Instructions for Living #3”
  1. “Who’s on the throne, Mama?” — awesome, Liz!

    • Thanks my friend. Lisa commented that she still uses the concept of the throne-check. And so do I! Sometimes it requires adjusting my position but then that’s what God’s grace is all about, isn’t it?

  2. Lisa says:

    I STILL use this every day mama! Such an easy, simple way to check who’s in control…me or God! Funny I used to think showering was part of the key…!!

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