Is Your Crown in the Gutter?

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Is Your Crown in the Gutter?

“The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned!” Lamentations 5:16 (NIV)

I recently saw a golden crown lying sideways in the gutter. The royal symbol once adorning the the head of a chosen one now lay fallen like rubbish at the side of the road. On closer examination, it turned out to be just a child’s paper crown from the fast food restaurant nearby. But a certain sadness came over me at the thought of the crown being cast aside with such recklessness – the shine faded from its splendor by ongoing exposure to the elements.

For Christians, the crown represents something of great spiritual value – a higher calling and intense sacrificial love. The crown is an emblem of our faith and connection to a royal lineage with Christ Jesus. We ought to wear it with pride, polishing it as often as we can and vowing never to let it slip from its rightful position in our lives.

Yet I had to wonder – how often do we cast our spiritual crowns into the gutter?

When we sin as followers of Christ, it is as if we take the royal crown of holy living and chuck it into the filth, muck and gunk of the gutter. By doing so, we deny our priesthood with Jesus, made possible only by his obedient example of life, death and resurrection. Our crown fades as we leave it exposed to the elements. Before long, it goes from guarded treasure to discarded rubbish.

A wailing, moaning, mournful account

In the book of Lamentations, the Israelites knew the value and significance of their spiritual crown. They were a chosen people – the elect – once a mighty and leading nation. But that all began to change as hearts of rebellion rose up. Soon, they found themselves held captive by an evil king, choosing to bow down to worship the things of his earthly kingdom rather than holding fast in obedience to the call and crown God had given them.

The depth of their anguish is recorded in detail by Jeremiah as he weeps over Israel’s plight. Because of the disobedience of their ancestors, their temple was destroyed and Jerusalem left devastated. Lamentations is a wailing, moaning, mournful account over the loss of something once respectable and great.

“She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.” (Lam. 1:1 NIV).

The consequence of sin is a pressing weight, full of sorrow, as we grieve the loss of distinguished honor because of our disobedience. Like the Israelites, when we are disobedient toward God, we commit sin. The people of Israel experienced a shift in their spiritual, physical and cultural lives because of sinful choices and so do we.

In my own life I once sinned so greatly I was sure I had lost my crown forever. So, I made a choice to turn away from sin as the pressing sorrow kicked in. And then God, in all of His abundant grace, did an incredibly loving thing. He picked my fallen crown out of the nasty gutter, pounded out the dents, polished it anew and tenderly restored it back on my head.

In spite of our failures, God redeemed us by sending Jesus as payment for our sin. Let’s remember his great love and sacrifice – the kind of love which puts crowns on the heads of fallen people like us. Let us hold fast to our crowns and not let them slip into the gutter.

“Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.” Lam. 3:32 (NIV)

Check out an earlier post by Tammy here. 

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Tammy Vanella
Tammy Vanella
Hello, I'm Tammy. I have 20 years experience in ministry, and every year, God continues to grow my gift of mentoring. I love investing in the lives of those who are hurting and in need of comfort, direction and encouragement. For the last six years, I've been walking alongside women as they heal from the wounds of their sexual past, and my husband and I also mentor prisoners who are working on successful re-entry back into society. When not volunteering, I'm also passionate about singing, acting, writing and kayaking, plus loving my dogs, family and peaceful moments with the Lord. I live with my husband, John, in Northern California. We have three children, three grandchildren and four of the canine variety.
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  • Terrie Mayfield
    June 12, 2013 at 9:14 am


  • Lue Forte
    August 27, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Myself, because life is split up between man, woman, and animal. But every man and woman is the bringer of their own pain. How can I look to another for help, if I have murdered everyone sent to help me. I know the downfall of human intelligence is by the cunning of the archer. How he sprangs a net( internet) and catches all small and great. If you believe someone can get you to heaven or hell besides your self, you are a fool!

  • Adriana Contreras
    August 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Eva de Porcel, Shannon Alioto, Xochitlh Llamas

  • Lois Rae Haggard-Price
    August 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

    The worldliness that blemishes everything without being focused on Jesus guidance…

  • Bee Sparkles Light
    August 27, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I do not agree that every one is the bringer of their own pain… that just isn’t true… try to rethink that one will you please….

  • Dave Holcomb
    August 27, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Some day you will stand in front of God and account for every Word and thing you have done, To late then to say your sorry.

  • Lue Forte
    August 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    For who is smarter than humans, or made in the image of God. Does not everything begin in the body first, and then secondly in appearance or actions. How can a thief steal, and then retract and seperate the crime from himself? The wages of sin is death!

  • Linda Dixon
    August 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    From the elements of Satan’s tricks and krafty deceptions . . . It is his desires and wishes to bring down all he can . . . and he knows his time is short – so he will try to hit or entice EVERYONE in areas that he knows they are weak. … ” Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him ” . . . 1st Peter 5:8 – – – And ESPECIALLY if you have given your heart to the Lord … he will try to bring you down in front of others . . . because by doing so he knows he can affect others as well when they see this “Christian” doing wrong – Keep your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfector of the Faith which God desires all people to come. – “I Am the Way, The Truth and The Life … No man comes unto The Father but through Me.” John 14:6 May God bless and guide us all –

  • Linda Dixon
    August 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Yes . . . it IS the choices we make that will determine our Eternal destiny – and the Most Important one of all is to choose Jesus Christ, the Son of God to Save us. There is no Heart or Love like that of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. He so Loved us that He stepped out of Heaven to live as a “man” for a short while to make the ultimate sacrifice for us that nothing or NO ONE else ever did. – His precious blood covers every sin we have ever made if we will only look to Him, and appreciate Him for Who He was and IS – – – The Son of God – – – Isaiah 53: 1-12 says it all . . . but “Who has Believed”. . .

  • Joyce Thacker Mitchell
    August 28, 2013 at 5:32 am


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