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How to Wear Your Crown and Work That Thing


Several years ago, I dreamed I was in a huge auditorium filled with women. They were every age, race, size, shape, and color imaginable. The beauty of the scene was staggering. I stood at a table watching. As women passed by some stopped and spoke to me, some I reached out to or called over.

As I spoke to each, I placed a crown* on her head.

Some of the women squealed with delight as if they had waited for their crown their entire life.
I clapped my hands delighted that they were delighted.

Some ran and got their friends, excitedly pulling them over to get theirs too. After they received their crowns, they strutted off together, confident in their power and authority.
I beamed at them, like a proud mom, as they went out to change their world.

Some huffed and walked away, offended that I would try to give them a crown.
I let them go.

Some left the crown on but turned away and dropped their heads.
I grasped their hand and pulled them back.

Some shook their heads and rejected the crown, pushed it back at me.
I pulled them back to me, lifted their chins and looked them straight in the eye.

No matter their acceptance or rejection, I declared this over every woman:

 

Hold your head high. You are a Daughter of the King.

Walk in power, love and honor because he’s called you to great things.

 

God’s people are meant to champion others into their calling. When we see others through the lens of the Kingdom, they become valuable, precious and necessary. It is vital to healthy growth and authentic community.

When we look up and realize the magnitude of the work to be done, we realize that every person, every crown-wearer is vital to accomplish all that we are called to for God’s Kingdom and his Kingdom purposes.

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We can choose to place a crown on their head and acknowledge their value and their place in God’s plan.  Or we can tell them of their flaws and mistakes. My experience is that people are well aware of their shortcomings. How much better it is to remind them of their value?

Whether it shows up as pride or self-abasement, arrogance or false humility, self-sufficiency or powerlessness, shame wants to keep us “me” focused.

Shame’s primary goal is to keep us small and doubting our power and ability, calling and value.
It wants to keep us scared someone will misunderstand us, misinterpret our motives.
It wants to keep us off balance, telling us we are too much or not enough– sometimes both at the same time.

Shame wants to keep us struggling for our next breath rather than living saturated with God’s presence and dripping his goodness on those around us.

Shame wants to keep us fighting for our tiny piece of land, when we are called out to wide open spaces, to possess every place our foot hits, and invade Earth with his Kingdom.

Everything God prepared for us long before we took a breath is still prepared and still for us.

When we know and believe this, we begin to live from a place of abundance.

Can you honestly, on your good days answer these questions in the affirmative? (Let’s face it, we all have bad days. We’re human. That’s normal, just beware of which way you trend.)

Do you realize no one can take what is marked and created for you?
Do you realize no one can grow fruit from your tree or harvest from your orchard?
Do you realize no one can draw from your account or bankrupt your calling?
Do you realize no one can steal your crown because it simply does not, and will never, fit?

If there is work to be done, a heart to be healed, a truth to be established, God always meets that need. You can choose to be a part of it by accepting your crown, stepping into your position and then:

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When we trust his kind heart for us, live from the place of abundant life, we invite others to that same place.

When we live from the Source, we become a resource, pointing those around us toward the God of More Than Enough.

 

 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”
Psalm 132:18 ESV

 

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax,
to not be so preoccupied with getting,
so you can respond to God’s giving.
People who don’t know God and the way
he works fuss over these things,
but you know both God and how he works.
Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative,
God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out.
You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
-Matthew 6:33 MSG

 

By entering through faith into what God has always
wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—
we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus.
And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover
at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us.
We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—
out in the wide open spaces 
of God’s grace and glory,
standing tall and shouting our praise.
-Romans 5:1-2 MSG

 

*I believe a crown signifies the royal priesthood all believers are called to live in. (1 Peter 2.9) It also is a donning of the righteousness bestowed on us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. (James 1.12)


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