I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Revelation 3:11 NIV
Crown land is the term used to describe land owned by the federal or provincial governments. Authority for control of these public lands rests with the Crown, hence their name. Surface and subsurface rights to the mineral, energy, forest and water resources may be leased to private enterprise – a very important source of government income in Canada. National and provincial PARKS, Reserves, federal military bases and provincial forests are the largest and most visible allocations of crown land.
Here in Canada, which for all intents and purposes is a monarchy, we understand about a crown. All publicly owned land is called crown land. We see crowns everywhere – on police badges and other government insignia, on highway signs and license plates in Ontario, and on currency. When we see the crown, we are reminded that our head of state is the Queen. So what Revelation 3:11 says should make us sit up and take notice: “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” Crown? Followers of Jesus have crowns? So often we forget that as followers of Jesus, redeemed by His grace and transformed by Him, we are sons and daughters of the King of kings. That makes us royalty in God’s family, and it doesn’t get much better than that. The implication here is that as royalty, we are called to a high standard of moral and ethical character. We are called to live and love in such a way that we represent well our brother King Jesus. We have seen the damage done to our royal family lately. Let’s not bring that same shame on the King of kings.
These have been words from the heart.