Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 78)
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood...
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NKJV)
As I write on the royalty of saints, the world remembers Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her death. She was a grand heroine. Paparazzi followed her every move (which ultimately proved to be fatal).
Starting early, kids are fascinated with the idea of wearing a crown: as daring princes and lovely ladies, they live in castles and fight for the good. Having servants is a pleasant thought, too.
Even so, I'm concerned that modern saints don't get what royalty means to Christians. Because crowns are a mandate to service:
The higher a person's status may reach, the further that person's kindness much reach. It's not about the beauty of the crown; it's about well-shod feet hitting the ground: going out, giving hope and helping fans.
Looking back, Princess Diana did well, and she polished Great Britain's famous crown.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If the world puts laurels on your head (like a cover, title or award)... then give glory to God publicly, get deep into prayer privately, reach out with many acts of service, be a role model for little kids...
And never forget the crown of thorns the King of kings wore on your behalf.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.