Monday, February 9, 2009
Crowns in Heaven
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
As Christians, one day we will receive rewards for our service to the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I have not acquired a vast number of awards in my life. I have mostly won those purple honorable mention ribbons. They are just not as exciting as a big first place trophy!
But Jesus told us that our service to God, even it if is not seen by people, is indeed seen by God. He says, “ ‘Your Father who sees in secret will Himself one day reward you openly’ ” (Matthew 6:4).
The Bible speaks of crowns that will be given as rewards in heaven. One of them is called the soul winner’s crown, also known as the crown of rejoicing: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19).
The Bible also speaks of the crown of life: “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).
Thirdly, there is the crown of righteousness: “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8). There is a reward waiting for the believer who longs for His return, who loves Him, who is homesick for heaven.
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On Being a Servant of God
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