I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. (Rev. 3:11)

WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH II was coronated on June 2, 1953, I was a student in a Canadian high school. I watched the regal ceremony on TV and was almost mesmerized by its pomp and splendor. Elizabeth had ascended the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952, but she was not crowned queen until the coronation ceremony. The intervening months marked a period of mourning for the late king. It is impressive that Elizabeth II has worn her crown for sixty years. The only other monarch in the history of the United Kingdom to have reigned for sixty years was Queen Victoria.

God promises crowns to faithful believers regardless of their social, economic, or political status (2 Tim. 4:7–8). But faithfulness is determined not by an isolated act of devotion to Him but by a lifetime of commitment to His will (Rev. 2:10). Faithfulness is the outward expression of an inward attitude that says, “Lord, I will do whatever You want me to do, wherever You want me to do it, for as long as You want me to do it.” The world, the flesh, and the Devil will fight to destroy that attitude, but the Holy Spirit’s power is available to help us persevere. So let’s be faithful and anticipate the glorious coronation that lies ahead.

Resolve to depend on the Holy Spirit to keep you faithful “unto death.”

Jim Dyet and his wife, Gloria, have been married fifty-four years. They live in Colorado Springs. Jim enjoys daily walks with his small dogs and playing golf with friends.