My Crown

Jack Roeda

READ : Philippians 4:1-7

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. (v. 1)

Paul’s appeal for the church to stand firm comes out of deep affection. It’s been said that those whom you would criticize, you must first love. Paul does.

He calls them brothers and sisters. He’s talking to family. He loves and longs for them. Love becomes a great longing when the beloved is absent.

He calls them “my joy.” We will say of our children or our grandchildren that they are our joy. They make our hearts leap. We overflow with thanksgiving: my joy.

“And crown.” This is not the crown of royalty, suggesting authority, but the wreath awarded to the victor, suggesting a successful race.

Sir Christopher Wren was a great architect in 17th-century England. He is responsible for over 50 churches in London, including the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral. He lies buried in the transept with a simple stone marker that reads: “If you seek my monument, look around you.”

Paul uses a different image but says the same thing. If you seek my crown (my monument), look around you. The people I have blessed and who have blessed me, they are my crown.

Where would you suggest we look to see your crown?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, may my crown give you joy. Amen.