As our granddaughter made her round on the stage of the pageant she definitely wowed the crowd. She smiled, she turned, she twirled and she blew a kiss and at the last minute she even winked as she left the stage! I would have crowned her right then and there! As we all gathered up afterwards and went to the parking lot, she wanted to know why she didn’t get a crown. The typical response might have been to pout but she just wanted to know when the next pageant was. She’s after a crown!
What if we were after our crown? What if all we wanted was that winner’s crown we’re all promised in the end? What if you and I could lay down our earthly “needs” – the need to be popular, the need to be heard, the need to be seen, the need to “_____” (you fill in the blank) and just went for the glory of God? We are all the greatest winners of the biggest pageant in heaven when we just lay it all down at the feet of Jesus and live our lives for the glory of God.
Oh beloved, God sees the details. He knows you’ve been seeking His face. He understands you want to win in this thing called life. He says to you and me, to us all this day, the winner of faith doesn’t look much like the winner in the world. Faith winners are a rare breed of people who have weathered storms and He says some of you beloved are weathering a storm right now. Faith winners are those who have decided to follow Jesus and He sees every step pointed in His direction. He wants you to know this morning that all heaven is applauding your bravery in the midst of trials, your strength in the midst of weak moments and your resolve to never turn back from Him.
The Lord speaks highly of you! He says anointing is not a thing you can purchase or climb a ladder for. It’s within you. You have it by virtue of whose you are, not who you are. It’s time to step on the stage of life and walk in that anointing. The applause of heaven will far outweigh the applause of the world. He says don’t stop now. Just because you’ve been through what you’ve gone through God has promised you a breakthrough! Unprecedented favor rests on those who walk and smile and turn for the King of Glory! He sees the great attacks on your faith. He sees the broken dreams, the broken heart and the broken vows from others. He says stand up, look forward and don’t shed another tear over the things you cannot change. He is with you, His hand is on you and His plan for your life is still on.
God loves you and He is for you! Ask Him to give you fresh fire and fresh grace for today. Walk that walk beloved, with your head held high, knowing you are already a winner and will receive a crown. And place your beautiful hand in His as you live in the Light of His best and His glory!
2 Timothy 4:8 In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
I Peter 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
Colossians 3:24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.