Between a Throne & a Cross?

There is a powerful yet hidden verse in the minor prophet Jonah. It speaks of Jonah's ungracious but successful evangelism to Nineveh.

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. (Jonah 3:6)

In every Christian's heart there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne 'till he puts himself on the cross. If he refuses the cross he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among gospel believers today. We want to be saved but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying (and no dust#). We remain king within the little kingdom of man's soul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar, but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility. ~ A.W. Tozer (#SoulSupply edit)

The Lord has invited each believer to a disruptive faith but a humble settled soul. As with the King of Nineveh who sat in the dust, so too the Christian who would have their life interrupted.

There is no self-denial upon a throne and crosses are always erected upon dust.

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"Devotion to doctrine has replaced the doctrine of devotion." Michael Cartwright

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