We’ve recently introduced a new song to our church family called “Crowns.” When I first heard this song, I was at once convicted, humbled, and motivated to invite Jesus Christ again onto the throne of my heart. Soon after, I felt the Lord telling my spirit that this was a song we needed to sing at Living Word.
It is so easy to let the beautiful things God has created in this world become number one in our lives. Success becomes a god. A significant other becomes a god. Money becomes a god. A favorite vice—harmless or otherwise—becomes a god. We are so prone to magnify the creation, rather than worship the creator.
“Crowns” specifically addresses what is arguably the highest secular deity in our culture. Financial prosperity is often the gateway to other things that we value, so it becomes that one thing we feel we must chase at all costs.
The second verse of “Crowns” is:
I will not boast in riches
I have no pride in gold
But I will boast in Jesus
And in His name alone
Jeremiah 9:23 provides a command from the Lord: “Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me.” (MSG)
Financial gain, however small or great, can provide some happiness for sure, but it makes a horrible god. This is why the Word of God says that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10). We’ve all experienced or witnessed the effects of money being number one. It will ice over a friendship, polarize a family, or split a marriage. It will generate bitterness, rage, or sharp arrogance.
God is our great provider. All the riches we may possess, financial or otherwise, come from his great hand. And not only does he give tangible provision, he has granted a multitude of blessings through his son Jesus Christ: Our great inheritance from the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7).
And so, as we manage these resources that our great Provider has entrusted to our direction and discretion, may we continue to remind ourselves:
My wealth is in the cross
There’s nothing more I want
Than just to know His love
My heart is set on Christ
And I will count all else as loss
The greatest of my crowns
Means nothing to me now
For I counted up the cost
And all my wealth is in the cross