This morning, I studied crowns, specifically the crowns that God gives us. All one has to do to be born again is to believe, (Romans 10:9,10) Beyond the basic gift of holy spirit, a person must use his free will to gain perks. The crowns are some of the promised perks. The Bible doesn't say exactly what a "crown" is, but from the terminology, it must be something desirable. Here are the main verses involved:
1 Corinthians 9:25
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
The corruptible crown refers to the ancient Greek Olympics. Winning athletes were given a decorative head dress.
1 Thessalonians 2:19
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
The Roman crown of rejoicing was a much nicer version of our party hats. We get the heavenly version for speaking the Word to those who believe.
2 Timothy 4:8
8 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.
Just for loving the Return of Christ, we get another crown!
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
For standing against the wiles of the Devil, God gives His people a crown. It must be important to stand.
1 Peter 5:3,4
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Leaders who lead, rather than dictate, will receive a crown of glory. I wonder what THAT one is going to look like!