upside down crowns
April 22, 2019
2 Min Read
David Cotrone Jr.
HE ONLY GAVE US CROWNS SO WE COULD PUT THEM AT HIS FEET.
That is a line from the song, Cypher “Imagine” by WLAK.
Literally, one of my favorite songs ever. I have probably listened to it more times than any other song. You should totally go give it a listen, then come back and read this.
This line has always caught my attention whenever I listened to it.
He only gave us crowns so we could put them at his feet.
It reminds me of Revelation 4.
In Revelation 4, we see John describing this amazing scene of worship. A scene that has basically been happening in some form or another since before time.God being worshipped by creatures that look like us, and creatures that look like something out of Narnia. Creatures you could never imagine.But everything, everything that has breath, worshipping.Falling down & worshipping God on his throne, His magnificent, glorious throne.
And some of them have crowns on their head and when they fall down, they cast their crowns down, before the throne, and worship.
CAST /KAST/1. throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction.
These people, they are called elders by John, these elders, they throw their crowns forcefully toward the throne.It’s like they can’t even hold it together in God’s presence.
They see him & lose it.
They throw their crown as far as they can.
I can almost hear them clanking and banging and breaking as they bounce and slide toward his throne.
They don’t just place it down.
They don’t keep it on, that’s for sure.
They take it off.
They throw it.
They don’t do it gently.
They forcefully throw it.
They use their muscles.
They put some umph behind it.
They cannot stand having this crown.
They literally chuck it across heaven.
They see God and they grab their crowns and with all their might and force throw it as far away from them as possible.
“WE’LL HARDLY GET OUR FEET OUT OF TIME INTO ETERNITY AND GAZE ON ETERNITY THAT WE BOW OUR HEADS IN SHAME AND HUMILIATION AND SAY: “MY GOD, LOOK AT ALL THE RICHEST THERE WERE IN JESUS CHRIST AND I COME TO THE JUDGMENT SEAT [WITH NOTHING].”
Leonard Ravenhill quoting AW Tozer
Here's the point: When we see God EVERYTHING changes.
Everything we used to hold dear becomes nothing in an instant.
Those things you hoped heaven would be, you don't even care about anymore.
The ice cream fountain, being skinny, all you can eat McDonald's french fries, none of it will be there, and you won't even care.
You will see Jesus & chuck out everything you thought you wanted/needed and say, "Yes, I want that! I want Him!"
These elders, in heaven, I would imagine their crowns are no joke. These are super fancy, heaven-style crowns and they can’t get rid of them fast enough. They toss them like a frisbee.
He only gave us crowns so we can put them at his feet.
He only gave us crowns so we can forcefully throw them away.
He only gave us crowns so we could see that even these crowns are nothing in comparison to him.
Here is what I think clicked for those elders in heaven: In comparison to God, a crown is nothing.
This super valuable heavenly crown is of no value, in comparison.
“I don’t even want it on my head in his presence” thinks the elder.
Same is true for us.
All of our blessings.
All of our money.
All of our talents.
All of our “good” things.
Nothing in comparison to God himself.
All of our crowns should be upside down in light of him. You just can't help it, when you see God in Jesus, you can't help but bow down and lose your crown.
THEY ALL END UP UPSIDE DOWN ON THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF US.
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