So what do you think? Were you ever told that you get “a jewel in your heavenly crown for every soul that you bring to Jesus”?
I’m not sure if this is just a Southern U.S. Bible Belt thing or not. I just know that’s what I had been told, but it’s not something that I can find in the Bible, at least not in that way.
Does it seem odd to you that a faith-based belief system would be spread by a works-and-rewards-based motivation? And after all of that “convincing other people” work to win jewels for your crown, you have to give it up?
the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:10-11 (NRSV)
Does “sharing your faith with others in order to get a reward in heaven” seem in some ways to you like “believing in Jesus in order to escape the judgment of hell”? Both make me wonder about my true motivation, and that’s what this comic strip is trying to explore.
…“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:12 (NASB)
When it comes to motivation, there is no greater motivation, I believe, than the Lamb That Was Slain, Real Life Jesus.
This is perhaps my favorite image of Jesus in all of the Bible. And really, isn’t that image what caused us to love Him in the first place? And so shouldn’t it motivate all that we do?