My Crown for His Glory

Romans 9:16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.
Revelations 4:9  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power,for you created all things,and by your will they existed and were created.”
We all have crowns that we wear.  Some are God given (the good and noble ones) and those that are self proclaimed (the bad and self destructive ones).  The self-proclaimed crowns are like calling evil, good.  We think that life solely depends on us and our efforts.  So we make proclamations about who we are when we don’t even know ourselves.  We hold onto negative images claiming that they are not bad characteristics all because we say so; as if we command such influence.  We say it’s harmless, God calls it sinful; how dare we make claims against image bearers of God.  Jesus crushed those self proclaimed crowns into dust but we keep putting the dirt on our heads.   The good crowns, God asks us to give them back.  Like Abraham and Issac  at the altar.  We don’t trust God enough to do that.  So it’s as if we have been offered the career of our dreams but we never start as we just sit looking at the offer letter.  We never start the job because of reasons that have no weight.  We fear men more than God.  Or the crown that was given out of grace, we find fault with it because we want someone else’s crown.  Or that we thought that our crown would be different.  We are beggars brought to a wedding feast that we would never be invited to in a million years.  But we show up in rags and begin to be brats about the seating arrangements.
What we don’t understand is that God asks for it to fit it to size, show you how you look in it and prepare you for the wearing of it.  When you know who you are; when God gives it to you, you return it immediately to his feet with bowed head and broken heart.  Why?  Because just being allowed in the throne room is a treat and speaks volumes of how the King sees you.  Knowing he is now giving you a crown is crushing but the crushing is not of judgement but love.  Like the absentee father who is allowed by his children back into their lives by the very children he has destroyed.  We really don’t get it.  We watch ourselves to much and like Egyptian Pharaohs erase the history of our bad days to keep up the appearance of being gods.  We have desire to act as Moses due to fearful reasons.  What God asks us to sacrifice, he gives back with the ability to enjoy it and fully use it.
Daddy has brought the number one gift on your Christmas wish list.  You open it and instantly filled with happiness or maybe joy.  Depending on how we receive the gift; our happiness is in the gift or our joy is in the gift giver.  But in either case we don’t really know how to use the gift to its fullest.  So daddy asks for the gift.  We will either refuse to part with it, thinking we will never get it back.  Or we willingly hand it over because we trust daddy also we could have our father ripped it out of our hands only to get it back days later.  When we refuse our focus is on our pleasures  for that monument and right now is more important than we daddy saying.  When it is ripped away we have passed our father’s allotted time to comply.  But when we graciously laid at our daddy’s feet because we know it was graciously given; we know he is only preparing us to be good stewards of that grace fill gift or crown.  Daddy takes it, opens it, reads the instructions, put it together, teaches us how to use it, teaches us how to care for it, tells us to share it, and then sends us out with it.
We have to sacrifice our intent, will, desire, wants, and flesh to receive the fullness of our crowns. Now we can live and worship as God’s workmanship for the gifts he has prepared in eternity past.
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