The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,…
Here, we see the Christians (the 24 elders) taking the rewards they received for faithfulness (their crowns) and casting them back at the feet of the throne of God.
Why would they do such a thing?
Some of the most precious possessions the Christian will enjoy in eternity are the rewards for faithfulness that are given to them. Casting them at the feet of God is not an act of rejection of the rewards; on the contrary, it is a display of their recognition that God deserves the rewards that they have received.
Stop and think about it… every act of faithfulness in our service for Christ is only performed because He has intervened in our lives and enabled us to serve Him faithfully. Here are some examples of gifts from the Lord that enable us to faithfully serve Him: our physical life; the strength to walk and move about; our ability to speak; our knowledge and understanding of Scripture; the indwelling Spirit that leads us; the opportunity to serve Him; and, most importantly, the salvation we possess. All of these, and many others, are needed for us to be faithful in His service and all of these are gifts of grace that He gives to us.
This is why the elders are casting their crowns at His feet…. It is an act of recognition, appreciation, a desire to glorify Him, and an act of justice. They realize they could not serve Him apart from His grace, they are thankful for His enabling graces, they desire for Him to be glorified for His intervention in their lives, and they owe it to Him.
It is as if they are saying, “This reward I have been given is the result of your enabling me… I could not have done it without you… therefore, you deserve this reward not I.”
Folks, when we look back on our day, week, year, or lifetime, and we remember the times that we have been faithful to our Lord, we should remind ourselves that these things were accomplished through His gracious intervention… and likewise, as we are faced with new opportunities of service, may we look to Him and rely upon Him solely for the enablement to be faithful in what lies ahead for us.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5 KJV
Lord, please empower me to be faithful to you this day… without you I can do nothing to please or honor you; but I know, by faith, I can do all things with you at my side.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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