Once in a while, it’s good to allow the Holy Spirit to do some heart-searching. We all face the temptation to hide our crowns at one time or another. But sliding our crown into the cabinet somewhere doesn’t happen overnight. It happens subtly: a little changing of the standards over here, and a little conforming to the world over there. That’s why it’s so important to allow the Holy Spirit to bring to our attention flaws in our lifestyle. We may need readjust and polish our crown where it has been tarnished. Or we may need to step it up in our willingness to let our testimony shine. Whatever the case, the Holy Spirit cares enough to show us!
The first thing we need to do is pray. Many opinions and voices may be able to give us advice, but the Holy Spirit has the complete, fool-proof insight into the situation.
Second, we can ask ourselves a few questions:
- Have I neglected my regular prayer and Bible time?
- Have I neglected my church attendance?
- Have I stopped, or slowed down, in reaching out to others?
- Have I become stingy with my money?
- Have I lowered my standards concerning entertainment?
- Am I allowing my mind to wander more toward carnal thoughts?
- Am I attracted more toward carnal or unsaved guys than the godly men?
- Do I get caught up in gossip more often?
- Do I find myself losing my peace and getting an attitude more often?
- Do I hesitate and argue when God tells me to do something?
- Do I lean on my understanding rather than consulting God?
- Do I hang around people with questionable character more than I do the people who will build me up?
We could ask ourselves many more questions, but that’s a start. If we find ourselves saying “yes” to any of these, it’s an indication that we need to do a little “crown polishing”!
All of us have slipped up and hid or tarnished our crown at one time or another. If we’re struggling in this area, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1). Our king still loves us, and wants to see us succeed as His princess!
Here’s a few steps to recovering our crowns:
- Admit that we were wrong. God is faithful to forgive us!
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Do whatever it takes to make adjustments. God’s grace is there to assist us; we were never meant to do it alone!
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
- Stay close to Jesus. When we’re with Him, giving Him attention to His plan for our lives, we are less likely to slip up. And if we’re tempted to hide our crown, He will be quick to alert us!
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Now we’re off to a brand new start! When we feel intimidated by who we are as Christians, we can look in the mirror and say, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ!” We can pick up our crown, buff it until it shines, and wear it proudly into our world. We can witness to our friends, pray for people with needs, and stand up for what we believe. That beauty is going to turn heads! Yes, we’re going to get some flak. But there’s some people out there who are aching to be just like us – a Princess with the blessings AND the crown! No matter what, let’s let our crowns “sparkle with the glamour of His love.” The King desires our beauty “to stand before the world”!