Children aren’t the only ones who like to receive rewards. Our Creator knows that adults are also motivated by incentives. That’s why His Word makes exciting promises for those who walk in His way.
Some of these benefits are available here on earth—like fulfillment, joy, and good favor—whereas other blessings will be bestowed once we are in heaven. As followers of Jesus, we need never fear judgment (Rom. 8:1), for we are clothed in righteousness through His blood and will not face divine wrath.
To help us understand this, the Bible describes several crowns. First, the crown of life is granted to believers who stand firm and endure trials without giving up or losing heart (James 1:12). The second crown, called imperishable, is given to those whose great desire is to walk obediently before God (1 Cor. 9:24-27). Through struggles and even failures, they continue to die to their flesh and follow the Spirit.
Next, the crown of righteousness is bestowed upon those who long for Christ’s appearing and walk godly lives through Him (2 Tim. 4:6-8). Lastly, God will give the crown of glory to those who share His Word with others (1 Pet. 5:2-4). As Scripture tells us, we’ll be awed by Jesus’ glory and honored just to lay our crowns at His feet.
The supreme reward is for us to manifest God’s glory throughout eternity. We will experience joy in His presence forever, but we don’t have to wait: We can invest today by serving Him obediently and humbly. Done with the right motive, service blesses us now and in the future.
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