Today’s conference speaker, Bill Lawrence, challenged us with the question, “Do you value a crown over the cross?” He talked about how we often opt for a crown (reward in the now) over the cross (the way of God).
Why is the tiara of today so attractive? Why is it so hard to tell it’s merely gold plate? Why are we fooled by the dull sparkle of plastic jewels?
Sometimes (more than I like to admit) I’m tempted to go for the crown. Roll out the red carpet! I deserve a little round of applause, a pat on the back, a tip of the glass. Hooray for me….
Oh how flat that falls, how hollow, how sour. A peak behind the curtain reveals the truth, uncovers the imperfections and tinctures of sin.
In God’s economy, the wooden, blood stained cross is the gem of heaven. And Jesus, who emptied Himself and became a slave, is crowned King. We’re called to follow in His steps in the now.
“Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (I Peter 2:21-24)
What’s it going to be, the crown or the cross?