King Without a Crown

Life was not entirely pleasant for Paul the apostle.  In fact, he made the following statement in 1 Cor 15:19 – “And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.”

This is a deep and profound statement.  It has several possible meanings that could be applied to it.

Meaning #1 – If there is no heaven, and no future with Christ after this life, then all of our labor for Him would be in vain, and our suffering for Him would be without meaning.

Meaning #2 – If all of our hope rests on what we can receive from life right now, and not on what we will receive from the Lord in the hereafter, then we are to be pitied.

I kind of like the second one, but you may have a different opinion.  If I could paraphrase Paul, he is saying we are Kings without crowns.  Without a throne, and without a kingdom to rule over.  According to Rev 1:6 and Rev 5:10 our future is either as Kings or Priests.  But, this promotion is already in place.  But the official coronation will not occur in this lifetime.

I’ve always gained such great encouragement and insight as I’ve studied the life of King David.  By most historical accounts he was judged to be the greatest king Israel ever had.  In fact, the current Israeli flag is the Star of David.  But, David did not become king in one day.  Yes, he was crowned in a day, but crowning is not all there is to being king.  He was anointed as a young lad, but it would be many years from that time, until he became king.  But, yet, he was king from that time forward.  Yet, a king without a crown.  Just like us.

With patience, and forbearance, and persistent striving for the mark, we will one day be crowned.  But, don’t get too used to the crown, for it is clear there is one who is worthier than we.  Those crowns will only be on our head for a short time before they are cast before the one who deserves all crowns.

If we are all kings and priests then it is important we act the role.  Just as David didn’t become a king in a day, there will be some molding and shaping to get us ready for our eventual role.

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