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Laying Down Our Crowns

by MaryAnn Nguyen-Kwok on January 07, 2022

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.” (Rev. 4:4). “Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 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” (Rev. 4:9-10a).

In the book of Revelation, we are given a picture of what it looks like to be in God’s presence. God will be on the throne, and those who are enthroned in places of honor will fall down before God and lay down their crowns and worship God. Imagine that. They have splendor and honor, and yet they give all the honor to God. They lay down their precious crowns. I have a feeling it wasn’t compulsory but voluntary. They lay themselves and their crowns down because they see God clearly. Their spirits are deeply moved by the glory and majesty and wonder of God, and so they give everything to God. 

As we begin a whole new year, I pray that we would be able to see God more clearly this year. And as we gain greater glimpses of God’s glory, may we find God worthy to receive all glory, honor, and power! Amen.

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