A Crown to Lay Down
A Crown to Lay Down

A Crown to Lay Down

A Crown to Lay Down

Queen Elizabeth was the longest reigning monarch in the history of Great Britain. Seventy years she served as head of the empire, yet she also held office over another British institution: The Anglican Church. In practice, this role is less like the Pope and more honorary like the Thanksgiving Day Parade master of ceremonies, but this is not because of a lack of faith on her part.

Queen Elizabeth was known for her deep and sincere faith. In a conversation with her chaplain, she said, “How I wish the Lord would come in my lifetime.” “Why?” asked the Chaplain. The Queen replied with a trembling voice full of emotion. “I should so love to lay down my crown at His feet.”

Our memory verses for December are Philippians 2:9-11. Here we see why the Queen, and all those who know Christ, would long to kneel before Him: “Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

This is a powerful truth to meditate on because when we see Jesus as He rightly is, as Lord over all, our lives are rightly ordered. This is why we gather to worship Him on Sundays, to publicly declare how great He is, to ‘humble ourselves’ (I Peter 5:6), and to remind us that the priorities of this world that pummel our hearts and minds every day are not what guides us.

I pray today that when you encounter challenges, God would give you the strength to pause and kneel before Him, whether actually kneeling or in your heart. Even if just for a moment, this action will prove to be a powerful remedy to the temptation to worship other things. May God give you wisdom, favor, and strength in all that you do this week as we seek to reach Southwest Louisville!

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