Jenn Johnson – Continually Casting Your Crowns
- Jenn Johnson brings a great word in this Worship Sound Bite, with the assist from her husband Brian and his elephant story, which makes us smile.
“When it comes to glory, we have to be so careful not to absorb glory and fame.” Truer words were never spoken. Continually casting your crowns at the feet of Jesus should be a daily practice for not only Worship Leaders, but all of those who profess to be a Christian.
Jenn Johnson brings a great word in this Worship Sound Bite, with the assist from her husband Brian and his elephant story, that makes us smile.
Revelation 4:10-11 NIV
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
He lives forever and ever. He’s worthy of our constant praise. Through his love and grace we are saved. Our worldly stages are nothing compared to the throne room of the almighty living God, so indeed we should reflect all glory back to him. Receiving and keeping that glory can literally be toxic.
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I was asking about what should I teach on this year? And the title of my class for worship school was Lucifer.
And so, you know, often times I ask you for a visual for what picture you’d like to put up on the board behind you. I was like, Well, do you have pictures of Satan? Because, you know, obviously the temptation, especially when it comes to worship, is to actually keep the glory that you are meant to reflect and give back. And I think that revelation gives us a beautiful example of the elders continually casting their crowns. Well,
why were they continually casting their crowns? Because glory was continually placed on their heads. And I think that the revelation in that for me is that especially as a worship leader, I am on a stage. And it is so easy to in those moments of when you’re doing great or when you are, you know, feeling the presence of God in the room to absorb kind of like Gollum in Lord of the Rings when the ring, my precious, you know, to absorb or think that it’s all you. My husband has an amazing example he uses where an elephant and a mouse on his back crossed a bridge, an old rickety bridge. And they got to the other side and the mouse on the elephant’s back said, We sure shook that bridge, didn’t we? And I think that’s the joke, is that, you know,
we are the children of God and he loves us so much. But it ain’t about us. And it isn’t, you know, anything to do with us in a big way. I have kids myself and they do wonderful things. And, you know, I’m proud of them. And I think God as a father, like he’s very proud of us and he’s just a total dad. But when it comes to glory, we have to be so careful to of not to not absorb glory and fame. And it’s hard.
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Jenn Johnson is a co-founder and President of Bethel Music and Bethel Music Worship School, headquartered in Redding, California. She is also a musician, a songwriter, singer, speaker and author. Jenn has been an integral part of 16 albums by Bethel Music that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. Jenn has written and been a part of several anthems sung by the global church such as “Goodness of God”, “You’re Gonna Be OK”, and “God I Look to You”. Jenn is the founder of “Lovely by Jenn Johnson,” a lifestyle brand intended to inspire, equip and engage women of all ages to thrive. She has written her first book, All Things Lovely, which released in November of 2021. Jenn, along with her husband Brian, reside in Redding, California, with their five wonderful children, Haley, Téa, Braden, Ryder Moses, and Malachi Judah.