Q. Will a faithful life ensure a more lovely crown that we can cast at the feet of the Lord Jesus?
A. Crowns for faithfulness are set before us as an encouragement in running the Christian race. Paul was running with the “prize” or “goal” in view. “I press toward the mark for the prize” (Philippians 3:14). However, crowns or rewards are never to be the object or motive. They are a nice incentive, but Christ is to be the object and motive.
The Bible brings the subject of crowns before us to spur us on in the path of faith and service, and it is good that we be exercised to obtain that which we can cast at the Lord’s feet, giving Him all the glory, realizing that if we were faithful it was not of ourselves but His grace working for us and in us.
“The four and twenty elders … cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power” (Revelation 4:10-11).
Many will receive a crown, as Paul said, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).