And a Crown Goes To…

Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.
Crown him the Lord of life,
who triumphed o’er the grave.
Crown him the Lord of love;
behold his hands and side.
Crown him the Lord of years,
the potentate of time,
creator of the rolling spheres,
ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
for thou hast died for me;
thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.
written by: Matthew Bridges a British-Canadian hymnodist (1800-1894)

Everybody likes rewards.   In fact there are reward cards for almost everything.

Airmiles rewards gives you points for money to spend in various stores, or points towards gifts you might like.

PC Optimum rewards gives you points towards money to spend on other groceries.

Triangle rewards lets you earn rewards to redeem in several stores you may like shopping at.

 

Various credit cards like to give you rewards for every time you use their card toward travel, merchandise or even gift cards.

                 

Of course there are other rewards in life too.  Winning ribbons for the best pie at the fair, or running the three legged race, or track and field at school, or the gold-silver-bronze medals at the Olympics.  These rewards are very nice but not everybody gets to win them.  And you can’t take them with you when you leave this earth.

However, there are rewards we can strive for while here on earth, that will be awarded in heaven when we get there.  These awards or rewards are “Crowns”, and there are 6 of them.  Now we may not all win all of them but for our faithfulness and earthly labour for God’s kingdom we may obtain a couple.

The “Victor’s Crown.”  We would all like to be victorious in all we do, as most people are competitive and would like to be declared the winner.  The worldly war for the domination of our minds is won by disciplining our minds to the study of God’s Word and in prayer.  This is our price to pay as Christians to win this crown.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul tells us how to strive for this crown,  “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”   Life is full of things that can take our focus off what Jesus has to offer, but it is up to us to choose wisely, but to do that we need the discipline that will help us receive the Victor’s Crown.

The “Crown of Rejoicing” Christians rejoice when we see someone come to give their hearts to Jesus.  Jesus said in Luke 15:7, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”  As Christians we will encounter challenges and conflicts and persecution for our labour for the Lord, but when we see or bring even one person to know Jesus, we jump for joy.  So to receive a crown for rejoicing is awesome.  1 Thessalonians 2:19-20, “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? For you are our glory and joy.”

The “Crown of Righteousness”.  As Christians we are looking forward to the Lord’s coming again.  We are eager to do all that has been asked of us.  We persevere through trials of this world because we know that our salvation in Him is sure.  We receive our crown of righteousness because we love our Lord and long to see Him face to face.  2 Timothy 4:8, “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.”

The “Crown of Life”.  Once again we go through trials, that’s part of God’s way of preparing us for His blessings.  If we remain faithful and steadfast to the end, we will receive the crown of life.  Heaven is our finish line and when our earthly work is done for God’s kingdom, it’s like that race we ran in school to get to the finish line, and win that ribbon, our effort was worth it.  James 1:12, “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.”   Revelation 2:10b, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you  the crown of life.”  Be fearless and faithful, this crown can be yours.

The “Crown of Glory”1 Peter 5:1-4 (abbreviated), “The elders who are among you…Shepherd of the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;…and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”  All those who teach and forward God’s word on to others – pastors, deacons, elders, Sunday school teachers, ministers, worship leaders and missionaries.  When God uses us to teach others about Himself and His Son Jesus, He is placing an importance on us that teaching and educating others for His Kingdom is one of the greatest things we can do this side of heaven, and awards us a crown of glory.

In the end “The Lord Himself” is our chief reward.  Everything mentioned above and how we achieve it is all motivation to receiving and giving Love for Jesus.  He is our King of kings and Lord of lords.  And one day we shall cast our crowns at His feet, for it only makes sense that Jesus deserves every bit of glory for the gift of salvation only He was able to give us.  For your single most phenomenal point in your life — will be seeing Jesus face to face.   AMEN!!!!

If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus and would like to, I invite you to say this prayer asking Him into your heart.

Get focused on the gifts of God through Jesus!

I guarantee the more you learn about Jesus, the more you will love Him!

Jesus said, “I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that the may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  John 10:10