Have you ever worn a crown? I haven’t. Oh, I’ve been called Princess, and even Queen (on a good day), but I’ve never been crowned.
Even if I had a crown full of precious gemstones, I’m not sure I could wear it! Did you know the crown that Queen Elizabeth wore on her coronation is made of solid gold? And it weighs almost five pounds! The coronation lasted three hours. I wonder how long her headache lasted?
As children of God, the King of Kings, there is a crown we’ve been handed.
“You made us a little lower than You Yourself, and You have crowned us with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:5 (CEV)
I don’t know about you, but I’m a questioner. I ask tons of questions. When I read this verse, the first question that popped into my mind is this:
Can I handle wearing the crown of glory? Will the weight of the responsibility be too much?
Because wearing God’s glory, being anointed with that crown, means that we are His representatives here on earth. We reflect Him to a lost and dying world. It’s a weighty responsibility.
How can we wear His crown properly? How do we carry this crown with the dignity it deserves ? How can we reflect God’s glory to others? And, do we reflect His glory when no one is looking? Or is that when we take the heavy crown off, to get a little relief from the weight?
We can’t carry this glory on our own. But God provided a way for us. He sent Jesus. We have Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). And because of Jesus, and His power in us, we can bear this weight and we can shine the light of God’s glory. Only through Jesus.
Why did He crown us – His children, His followers – to be His reflection on earth? Plain, ordinary sinners like us. His glorious crown dripping with jewels…rubies of honor, emeralds of majesty and sapphires of splendor. Why did He appoint us to be His royal priesthood, His crowning glory?
Because He loves us – so much that He created us in His image. So much that He sent His Son to bear the ultimate weight: Our sins. The cleansing blood of Jesus consecrates us for His royal lineage.
Looking back on this post, I see all the questions (I warned you!). All good questions to ponder. I didn’t give too many answers. But really, there is only one answer: Jesus. Only Jesus.
Until next week,
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Suzie Eller, Live Free Thursday
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Holley at Coffee for Your Heart
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