Self control & the Five Crowns
28 June 2019 | By Sheryl Rajesh
The secret to running the race successfully is Self discipline. You ask a CEO of a company , the secret to success. “Its Self-discipline!”. An High flyer is always ready to do what most people will not do. As a Christian, whether or not we like it, we are all running a race. The race towards the finish line to complete the task the Lord Jesus has given – the task to testify the Gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
It is inevitable that we get tired in the race. Most of us get worn out and quit because we try in our own strength to develop a character of self control. Self control can be developed neither by power nor by might but by the Spirit of the Lord. Zechariah 4:6
This is where the grace of God comes in. Galatians 5:22-23 says, self control is a fruit of the Spirit.
Furthermore, Paul persuades us to develop this fruit by not only living in the spirit, but by walking in the spirit. Galatians 5:24.
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us walk our daily lives in success. Let me take a moment and encourage you to surrender your failures right now to the Holy Spirit and invite the sweet Holy Spirit to show you how to develop self control.
In a marathon, every participant has one goal in mind, the crown of success. Hima Das created history by being the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships. Everyone see the medals, but don’t see the self discipline that is behind it. Her motivation to be self disciplined was the reward of success in the end.
The Bible speaks of the rewards of faithful Christians – the Five crowns.
Crown of life :
Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12
Incorruptible Crown :
Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. 1 Corinthians 9:25
Crown of Righteousness:
In the future there is reserved for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:8
Crown of Glory:
And when the Chief Shepherd (Christ) appears, you will receive the [conqueror’s] unfading crown of glory. 1 Peter 5:4
Crown of Rejoicing:
Therefore, my fellow believers, whom I love and long for, my delight and crown [my wreath of victory], in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. Philippians 4:1
What joy it is to know God’s eternal plan for you!
Many run behind Crowns that will perish and are of little value, but not you.
I believe, as you start to see God reward you with these Five imperishable Crowns, your prayer life is going to change. You will be excited to read your Bible and look forward to spend time with God.