It is not uncommon to hear women of God referred to as princesses. Perhaps you have heard it said, “You are His princess.” There is no specific reference in the Scriptures, however we are daughters of the King – so in a sense we are princes and princesses. This all came to mind one day when I was reading and my eye was captured by the promised crowns. Princess – crowns… get it?
As Christ-followers, the Bible refers to different crowns God will bestow on us:
“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Cor 9:25
“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.” 2 Cor 4:8
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12
“…when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.” 1 Peter 5:4
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev 2:10
Our crown is imperishable.
A crown of righteousness awaits us.
God promises a crown of life.
We will also receive a crown of glory.
Are these separate crowns? I don’t know. I’m not sure it really matters whether it is one crown or many crowns. Imagine for a moment being crowned by the creator, sustainer of the entire universe. It is an exciting thought and something we can look forward to.
But you know our Brother – First born among many – our perfect, sinless, sacrificial lamb. Our Brother Jesus Christ, He too got a crown, but not a crown to be sought after. A crown of pain and suffering. A crown of shame. A crown He bore so we did not have to. A crown of thorns. “And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.” John 19:2
A crown not worn by a princess but by our Savior and King. Because of the crown of thorns, we will get an imperishable crown of righteousness, of glory and of life.
I think that reality calls for a moment to pause and to meditate on that truth.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.