Do you remember who won the Super Bowl six years ago? Who topped the music charts in 2001 or who won Best Actor in 2003? What do these trophies and titles have in common with money, freedom, fame, security or a certain type of appearance? They are different forms of man-made and man-chased crowns. The less-discussed aspect of these honors and achievements is the post-inaugural emptiness we so often feel. Those crowns are really just objects of pseudo-satisfaction.
In this week’s message from Acts 28, we find Paul preaching the Good News in Rome while chained to imperial soldiers or imprisoned. Christian history, but really just history, is markedly changed in 67 AD when Emperor Nero competes in the Olympics, collapses mid-race, but still insists on wearing the victor’s crown while parading about the empire. He proceeds to order the execution of Paul. Before being beheaded and in light of the mockery that was Nero’s Olympic performance, Paul pens these words for Timothy: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store 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 longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim 4:7-8)
What kind of crown are you chasing? Let us pour out our passion and spend our precious seconds seeking glory for the only One who is worthy. Ironically, it is in seeking His glory that we find our crown — the only crown with lasting fulfillment and eternal satisfaction.
Lord please help me to seek you first and not the things of this world.