THEME: CROWNS OF GRACE
2 Timothy 4:7-8
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
-Who can fight the good fight and better still win the race without the Lord granting it to him/her. When we are anchored on Christ through faith as the Vine and we the branches, we will bear much fruit and receive our crowns.
Several classifications of crowns have been revealed through the scriptures, among them: – the imperishable crown, crown of life, crown of righteousness, crown of rejoicing and crown of glory. All these can be referred to as crowns of grace for it is through faith that we have been saved and not by our own works lest anyone should boast. Crowns of grace can be likened the pineapple. A pineapple grows high above the ground, its leaves are thorny to protect the fruit, it also has a spiky outer shell for protection, at maturity it is normally very sweet and the best part of it; it has a crown at the top. As Christians we can follow the analogy of the pineapple, by standing firm in faith, putting on the whole armor of God that protects us against the snares of the devil as we run our races, relying on God’s protection and grace always, being sweet in the inside as we share love and the word of God with others and wearing our crowns of grace like queen Esther as children of the King as we eagerly await His second coming. Crowns of grace can either be classified as diadems that kings and queens wear or crowns that have been promises to all those who will inherit eternal life. The crown of life is reserved for those who will preserver under trials and love God. It is also associated with martyrdom or those who will suffer but be faithful to the point of death as revealed through the church in Smyrna. The incorruptible or imperishable crown is also reserved for those who will be perseverant and run the race well. Those who remain in the holiness of God through grace. Crown of righteousness is promised to those who love and desire intimacy with God. Crown of Glory is the clergyman’s confirmation of final glory. The crown is for all those who shepherd the flock of Christ in humility, with honesty and unselfish love serving as good examples to others. Crown of rejoicing or crown of exultation as delineated in 1 Thessalonians 2:19, is given to people who hold fast their hope in the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These are beautiful crowns reserved in heaven for all those who will fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith. Those who the Lord has granted the gift of salvation and assurance of eternal life through faith in Him.
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgives all our iniquities, Who heals all our diseases, Who redeems our lives from destruction, Who crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies our mouths with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Only You LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. Execute justice for our lives, families, marriages, destinies, intentions, jobs, businesses, finances, economy, emotions, spirituality and all that concerns us. May Your presence always go before us and fight for us Jesus. Forgive us all our iniquities Jesus and cover us with Your precious blood. Crown this year Jesus with Your goodness and let us dwell in Your grace. Help us to run the race well, fight the good fight and keep the faith, for You love us and care for us. Thank You Lord for You have promised in Your word that You will never leave us nor forsake us. Grant all those who do not know You the gift of salvation merciful Father. Thank You for loving us. We praise You and honor Your holy name, now and forever. Amen
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