Crowns are rare things. They can be hard to acquire and even harder to hang onto. The crowns promised by our Lord to His people were indescribably difficult and costly to acquire. But they will never, EVER be taken away from us. See how He gets the glory for both the getting and giving.
“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). The Lord Jesus, the great King, will provide crowns for His faithful people as well. “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” (James 1:12). The tests of this life do not harm us; they will produce crowns of victory in the next. The apostle Peter addresses the elders of the churches and promises them, “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 5:4). The Lord Jesus promised the church of Smyrna, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: The Lord Jesus will give you a crown of life.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (February 3 reading).]