MY Dad’s Chair

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. ~Rev 3:21
King Henry VIII

When I was around 12 years old, my dad invited all of us to come and visit him in his new office in Rancho Cordova, CA. He had just received a major promotion with GTE and bragged to us about having his own executive assistant. None of this means much to a young child, but still, I was excited to see where my dad drove to daily. My mom, two sisters and I drove up to see my dad and his new office. I wasn’t too impressed until he came out to the lobby to meet us and began to show us around his office. Everyone knew him as “the Manager” & “head honcho” so I saw very quickly that he was an important man!

He led us all the way up to his office, which was located in a corner with two full walls of windows. He had an impressive mahogany desk and an equally impressive huge leather chair. Both were quite imposing and spoke to his status in the organization. My dad gleefully got in his chair and from behind his desk, looked at his three girls standing in his office. It was a bit daunting and awkward for me to picture my very own dad as someone really important… Who knew?

He must have sensed this in me because he looked right at me and patted his leg to come and sit in his lap. I didn’t need any further invitation. I quickly ran around his desk and jumped into his lap. He let me mess with the phone buttons, open and close drawers, etc. it was a neat feeling to be so close to a man so revered by others and so loved by me.

I am studying revelation in Bible Study Fellowship right now and in last week’s lesson, we covered the verse (on top) from Revelation 3:21. I am still pondering it after so many days. I knew the other verses in the  Bible that say we are co-heirs and that we may approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) and things like that, but I did NOT know that Jesus actually invites us to sit with him on his throne!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16

Can you even imagine that?

My first thought was “why?” Why would the Lord of the Universe invite me to sit on the throne from where he rules? Ridiculous! That doesn’t even sound right. In the Muslim mindset, God is way up there and you are not even fit to be around him. He is the Master and you are the servant. In fact, God is not present with you in Paradise. He rules above it. He wouldn’t demean himself and come hang out with the humans. Never.

Never… Unless you understand who Jesus is and what He has done for us. He is the one who came down to be with us, not us trying to reach God or the heavens. This is the thing you will not find in any religion. In fact, Jesus is not interested in religion but is completely interested in a relationship. He calls us to trust Him as the Good Shepherd who will lay his life down for his sheep. He is the widow who will turn her house upside down to find the lost coin. He is the merchant who will sell all he has to find the Pearl of great price. He is not interested in a checklist of rules, but is more interested in the condition of your heart.

He is the loving Father who calls us “little ones” and tells us to bring our burdens to him. He is the sweet and loving Father who will one day pat his lap and tell you to come and sit with Him, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, on His throne. Not as a slave or servant, but as His beloved child, created in His image. There, He will wipe away every tear from your eyes.

What a beautiful picture of love and redemption. What a beautiful Savior. Amen.


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7 thoughts on “MY Dad’s Chair

  1. Mary Beth Hetrick says:

    OMGOSH Mona!! This brought me to tears! So incredible! I praise Him all the time for being Almighty God, Creator of the universe, in control of all things, yet who STILL desires a relationship with ME!!!! Just mind boggling! You expressed it so well! I am praying about forwarding this to my niece Chrissy-the one who became a Muslim! I would covet your prayers for her! Talk to you soon!! Love, MB

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    • What a praise, Marybeth! He is such a loving Father and He invites us. We try to run away every minute we can., yet He calls us His children, beloved, chosen and redeemed. I will be praying that Chrissy and all Muslims will come to know true peace in the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus – Isa Masih.

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  2. Jan Moore says:

    Mona, this post I am going to share with my Muslim friend, Abeer. She tells me she is happy with her life. Her doctor husband travels around the world with her and their son. She loves roller coasters. She went to Pakistan this summer. She attends UCO. What more can I do or say?
    Jan

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    • I would love to have this post shared. God is Great and Muslims believe that (Allahuakbar). But God is also LOVE and He calls us into a personal relationship with Him. That’s the good news of the Gospel!

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  3. Barbara says:

    What a beautiful picture you painted with this article of sitting down with Jesus at His right hand. I also took classes with Bible Study Fellowship. I loved it. Now I am studying Romans part 1 . Kay Arthur’s precept upon precept class. I’m so blessed to have stayed in contact with you, my sister’s friend.

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