Crowns awaiting Christians in heaven

Jesus promises to give us crowns as a reward for all we have done as Christians. We are not saved by works, but the works we do as Christians count a lot towards our heavenly rewards. Jesus said “My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelations 22:12). There are five different types of crowns:

  1. Known as the incorruptible crown, this is a crown that would be given to those who discipline themselves and run the race of Christianity with all endurance (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-25). Matthew Henry commenting on this crown said “those who pursue the interests of their souls, must combat hard with fleshly lusts. The body must not be suffered to rule. The apostle presses this advice on the Corinthians. He sets before himself and them the danger of yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, and its lusts and appetites. Holy fear of himself was needed to keep an apostle faithful: how much more is it needful for our preservation! Let us learn from hence humility and caution, and to watch against dangers which surround us while in the body.” Every athlete trains hard for the race, and keeps a certain dietary requirements to be able to be at his best during the race, and that’s no different to us as Christians. We need to train our body and keep it in subjection to God’s commandments, and make sure that we are very careful at everything that is consumed by our body, so to make sure that our body doesn’t consume sin that will compromise our ability to finish this race to glory. In every race there is a prize, and this race is not different. Those who race in Olympics get gold medals that don’t last for eternity, but we will get medals that will shine in their brilliance for all eternity.
  2. There would be a crown for all those who took efforts to win souls for the Kingdom of God. Those who stand in street corners to preach; those who give up their lives to be missionaries, those who risked their jobs so they can witness to their colleagues, and all those who wrote books and magazines, all for the salvation of men. The bible says “Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). Apostle Paul, probably the greatest soul winner the world has ever known, addressing those he won for the Kingdom said “For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19). If you are doing all you can for the salvation of men, then know that your labour is not in vain. This crown should also motivate those who don’t share the Gospel to defy their fear of men and step out in faith for the Gospel.
  3. Most Christians in the West have never faced persecution or similar trials, but we know that there are more than 40 million Christians who were killed in the 20th century for their faith. We also know that 10 of the 12 original disciples of Jesus were all martyred for the Gospel. Since the first recorded Christian martyrdom of Stephen in the 1st century, many millions of Christians have been killed by the sword, thrown into lion dens, burnt at stakes, crucified, stoned, thrown in jail to die, all for Christ’s sake. Today if you are raised in a Muslim family and convert to Christianity, Islamic Law allows your parents to stone you to death, or the Islamic council can charge you with apostasy and sentence you to death, just as Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani or Iran found out. In all this persecution, the biblical message is this: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). If you are afraid of living for Christ because of expected persecution, then the bible says: “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  (Revelations 2:8-11). Every Christian who has suffered persecution for Christ’s sake will receive glory and praise from Jesus with a crown to go with it. Persecution should never discourage us!
  4. As Christians we are looking forward to the glorious hope which is the second coming of Christ. We anticipate Jesus’ second coming by saying ““No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age”, not by engaging in useless debates about when Jesus would come back as some are in the habit of doing. We don’t anticipate Christ’s return so He can crush our enemies and prove to the whole world that we were correct all along and they were wrong, but we anticipate it so He can “redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good”. The return of Jesus should make us tremble because of those who are unsaved, who will be subject to His wrath, and His anticipated second coming should move us with fear to warn others of the wrath to come. As His day comes closer we should move with great fear to stand in street corners and shout at the roof of our mouths the news that today is the day of salvation. We should look forward to Christ’s appearing, because “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
  5. Being a leader within the church of Christ is very important, and the contribution of faithful leaders won’t be overlooked. At this time when many so-called leaders are plundering the church coffers to fill their own pockets, while killing the spirit of their parishioners with their heresy, no wonder Jesus has promised a crown to faithful leaders within the church. The bible says “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (1 Peter 5:1-4).
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2 Comments »

  1. What a wonderful “end~time”sermon! I love your blog. Congratulations.

  2. Bella said

    I enjoyed this Praise God

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