[QTVOTD] I cast everything…

“The twenty-four elders (the members of the heavenly Sanhedrin) fall prostrate before Him Who is sitting on the throne, and they worship Him Who lives forever and ever; and they throw down their crowns before the throne, crying out, worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.” Revelation 4:10-11 ->me: In this vision given to John of the Throne Room of God the Father there are so many things that are so crazy awesome -> the Throne of Jasper and Sardius Stone, a halo of emerald (like a rainbow), the glassy sea of crystal in front, and the four beasts full of eyes ever praising God…but the most impactful part of this passage for me is the 24 Elders who throw themselves prostrate before God, on the throne, and cast their crowns at His feet…an act so appropriate for someone who is surrendering all status and worth to the only One Who deserves our worship.  In 1 Corinthians 9:25, Philippians 4:1, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12, and 1 Peter 5:4, God, through the New Testament writers, speaks of many crowns we can earn – Crown of Eternal Blessing, Crown of Victory,  Crown of Righteousness, Crown of Life, and Crown of Glory.  So, when I read of these heavenly Elders and what they do time and time again, I must see it as an activity I not only can do when I enter into eternity (with any of the Crowns I might earn on my entry to heaven) but I can do it now…I can throw my Crown of Self-Importance, my Crown of Position, my Crown of Advancement, my Crown of Wealth, my Crown of Independence, etc at the feet of the cross.  I can bring glory to my God in heaven today!  I can lay prostrate in my prayer closet and say “worthy are You, my Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.  TODAY, I give you what I have.”

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