When you become a Christian a massive shift happens. You go from seeing yourself and your pursuits as ultimate to seeing God and his pursuits as ultimate. In Revelation 4:9-11 we see in a beautiful picture of what that shift looks like:
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
The elders come before him and place their crowns before God and worship him. In effect they are saying “you are king and central to everything and I am your servant.” If they were in a movie they would be acknowledging that God is the main actor and they are merely extras on the screen for a split second in the distant background.
God calls you and I as a Christians to place our crowns at his feet and hand over all of our life to him. There is not meant to be any part of our lives where he doesn’t reign. Our sexuality and our spirituality, our money and our possessions,our work and and our leisure are all meant to come under the loving lordship of God.
As Christians we know this to be true but we find it so hard to do don’t we? Look at your own life, is every part of your life under the Lordship of Jesus? I know every part of my life isn’t.
How do you get to the stage where you can totally lay down your crown before God joyfully and submit every part of your life to him?
You will only give up your crown and worship God as king when you realise that Jesus gave up his crown for you. Jesus gave up his place as rightful king of the universe to become a servant and was born to a lower class, illiterate, teenage girl in a stable. He lived a life where he was rejected by the very people he loved. He was nailed to a cross of wood he created, by men he created, to purchase the people that were his enemies but that he loved. We lay down our crowns for God because Jesus first laid down his crown for us. If you are struggling laying down your crown at the feet of Jesus know that laying down his crown cost him far more to him than laying down your crown will cost you.
Through the gospel we get the power and the inspiration to lay down our crowns so that Jesus can rule every area of our life! When I find my more joy in the gospel than anything else I will be able to let Jesus rule every area of my life.
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