August 30, 2021
Scripture: They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “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.” Revelation 4:10b-11 ESV
Observation: Jesus’ disciples looked forward to receiving their crowns of victory over death in the heavenly kingdom. For Peter, it was a crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4). For James, a crown of life (James 1:12). And for Paul, a crown of righteousness (1 Timothy 4:8). Even so, as John reveals, once present with Jesus, the elders (and all Christ’s saints) will cast their crowns before him. For only the Lamb of God who has taken away our sins is worthy to wear the royal diadem. For in him alone, all creation exists and declares his glory.
Takeaway: There are no egos in heaven. While our godly acts of service will follow us into heaven (Revelation 14:13), we have merely followed in the footsteps of our Master. Only he is worthy of all praise. So once we have heard those treasured words, “Well done good and faithful servant,” we will cast our crowns before the throne of God.
Prayer: Father God, please help us resist the temptation to build a name for ourselves here on earth and instead worship our King who rules the universe and wears the crown of our victory over sin and death! Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling