Revelation 3:9-12 – “… I have loved you. Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming to the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.”
Think about that for two seconds.
That’s right. Jesus came to this earth, bled and died, rose again, and intercedes on our behalf to make it possible for us to say those two words. When we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of them. He clothes us with His righteousness so that we can be qualified to be joint-heirs with Him. (Romans 8:1-17- There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son… … 14 all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.)
When we allow Him to be Lord of our life, He truly does adopt us into His family… His blood flows through our veins. We become children of the King. And what do children of the King get to wear? Crowns.
They don’t have to wait until they get everything together. It doesn’t take complete and utter perfection for them to be recognized for what they are; for whose children they are. They were given that honor at birth.
What a generous and merciful God we serve! While so many in positions of authority make “promotion” difficult for those under them, He does the opposite. While we humans tend to want special recognition for our achievements and hard work; and we expect only others who work just as hard as we did to share in our reward, His selfless and loving character does not! He took care of everything. Yet, He wants us to reap the benefits! The moment we become saved- born again- we are viewed by our Creator as His child, somehow unworthily worthy to bear His name and receive His blessings. When we submit ourselves to the will of the Father, we walk in the power and authority of Jesus Christ, because His spirit takes residence in our hearts. God sees us as flawless, righteous, beautiful individuals and sets aside a crown just for us.
All we have to do is make sure nothing and no one takes it from us. And that’s simple! No one can! Only we could cause ourselves to lose out- by walking away from the family. And, we’re not going to do that, are we?
So, rejoice today! Thank Christ for making this so simple for us. He took the shame and guilt for us. He suffered the punishment that we deserved. Because He loves us! So much so, He wanted to share His everything with us. We are so special to Him. In spite of our every downfall, failure, and shortcoming… He makes us perfect in the sight of God. He makes us eligible to wear a crown. Not just any crown… Not a hand-me-down, not a borrowed one… No. He had one made especially for each one of us.
My crown. Your crown.
What an honor to be a child of the one true, selfless and loving, powerful and sovereign King of Kings!
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for loving me like You do! Thank You for the sacrifice You willingly made for us all. There is nothing we could have done to make ourselves worthy enough for Heaven. But, that didn’t stop You. You took it all upon Yourself to make it so simple for us! All we have to do is ask You to become the One Who leads us. And the journey You take us on is nothing short of amazing. Give me strength and determination to holdfast to You. I know that if I endure to the end… if I conquer… you will have a crown waiting for me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.